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Why Buy Organic?

imageIs the Higher Price Worth It?

While shopping in your grocery store's produce section, you may notice the organically grown apples are pocked and not as big and perfectly round as the conventional produce, but they are more expensive. What's the difference, and which do you choose? Your decision may signficantly impact not only your health but the health of the planet and the economy.

Defining "Organic"
Organic foods are derived from sustainable farming practices that maintain and replenish soil fertility without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. These foods are minimally processed and do not include artificial ingredients or preservatives. On the other hand, conventional farms often rely heavily on pesticides, genetic modification, synthetic hormones, and antibiotics.

Buying "Organic"
There is less need to buy organic versions of certain produce. especially bananas, citrus fruits (unless rind is used for recipes) onions, and pineapples, whose skins or outer leaves are not eaten.

The following list of fruits and vegetables are in desending order of the Organic Center's dietary risk-index scores, which incorporate the level of pesticides detected on domestic produce and the pesticides' toxicity.

Fruits - Cranberries, Nectarines, Peaches, Strawberries, Pears, Apples, Cherries, Cantaloupe, and Grapes (imported)

Vegetables - Green beans, Sweet bell peppers, Celery, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peas, Lettuce, and Spinach

Conventional fruits and vegetables from the following list have the LOWEST pesticide loads.

Onions, Avocados, Sweet Corn (frozen), Pineapples, Mangoes, Sweet Peas (frozen), Asparagus, Kiwi, Bananas, Cabbage, Broccoli, and Eggplant

By committing to eating only the above organic and conventional list of food, you can reduce pesticide exposure from foods by almost 90 percent. 

If you would like to Get Educated, Get Involved, or Go Organic please click on this link www.Organic.org for additional information.