The concern for most people is that organic is more expensive, and isn’t feasible on a tight budget. While it does cost more, the good news is that not ALL your fruits and vegetables have to be organic. Most of you have probably heard of the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen”. The dirty dozen refers to products containing the highest level of pesticide residue. These are namely those with thin skins such as berries and leafy greens. The clean fifteen is produce that can be purchased conventionally and is considered safer to consume. Did you know regular potatoes are so pesticide-heavy that farmers have been known to avoid eating their own crops? The Environmental Working Group has a great online list available of what to buy organic and what is considered clean. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php
Eating healthy organic food is good for you and good for the environment. Conventional farming practices leach not only pesticides into the soil and water supply but also harmful antibiotics. We’ve heard stories about listeria being found in cantaloupe, and salmonella in lettuce. We shouldn’t have to worry about these diseases when enjoying fruits and vegetables right?
Choosing organic whenever possible is an investment to your health. I like to think that the few extra dollars I spend on naturally sourced foods will save me money at the doctor’s office!