organic has been all the rage in recent years.
i first considered buying organic foods after having kids, because i only wanted the best for them. but, it was overwhelming trying to shop for and plan organic meals, not to
mention hard on the wallet. so i wanted to know,
when exactly do i need to buy organic?
every year, the environmental working group (ewg) tests for pesticide residue on produce and compiles a list of the most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables.
here's 2012s dirty dozen:
(buy organic when possible)
(also consider applesauce and apple juice)
3) sweet bell peppers
6) nectarines - imported
(also consider grape juices and wine)
(also consider kale, collards, and green beans)
11) blueberries - domestic
here's 2012s clean 15:
(save money on these, no need to buy organic)
2) sweet corn
6) sweet peas
11) cantaloupe - domestic
12) sweet potato
* * *
some other things to consider are milk (because it's a big part of a child's diet), coffee & chocolate (the coffee/cocoa beans may be grown in countries that do not regulate use of pesticides), and foods in jars or boxes vs. canned varieties (the lining of the can has chemicals that may leak into foods).
and finally, a great rule to follow is to buy organic versions of your favorites. buying organic versions of things you eat or use the most will greatly reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides and chemicals.
what's your thoughts on buying organic?
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