While shopping in the produce department you see two peaches, side by side, and they appear to be identical – the only visual difference is that one costs 20 cents more. But the actual difference is far greater. Which do you buy?
If you’ve perused the organic produce section in your local grocery store you’ve noticed the prices are higher than conventional produce, but in return you’re missing out on the addition of nasty pesticides that can leach into your foods.
Over the last few years people have begun to understand the effects of pesticides and their actions are speaking volumes. USDA economists have reported that organic produce sales have increased by $10 billion in the last decade. The immersion of pesticides in our diets has become a topic of interest over time and researchers and consumers alike are questioning whether increases in diseases and illness are a direct result of the foods we eat.
– Organic produce contains fewer pesticides and higher levels of antioxidants
– Organic food is often fresher and tastes better
– Organic food is safer for babies and children
– Organic farming is better for the environment
– Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts
– Organic food is GMO-free
Although we feel that its best to buy organic whenever possible, if you have reservations, there are some foods that are definitely worth the extra cost and others that you might be able to skip.
Foods you don’t have to buy organic
Be looking for fruits and vegetables that have thick skin or are grown underground. The thick peels make it more difficult for the pesticides to seep through and many bugs avoid produce that is grown underground.
– Sweet Corn
Foods you should buy organic
As you might guess, produce with thinner or edible peels typically sustain higher amounts of pesticides within the food itself. If at all possible, always buy organic versions of the following:
If you want to learn more about organic foods, check out the EWG website, which highlights the Dirty Dozen, the Clean Fifteen, and everything in between.