Friday, November 13, 2009

Which fruits should I buy organically?

According to the Environmental Working Group, the following foods can have a high level of pesticide residue. I am going to try to buy organic when I choose these fruits from now on:

Peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, carrots and pears.

I already enjoy fresh organic baby spinach, frozen bell pepper strips and fresh baby carrots at my coop, the Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany, NY.

I also try to purchase canned and frozen organic foods whenever possible, so I can support farmers who raise their crops without pesticides.

I used to say that I wanted to shop organically, but end up buying regular produce because they were cheaper. Once I made a conscious decision to use my buying power to support companies that grow organically and support my body by eliminating as many pesticides and artificial ingredients as possible from my diet, the extra few dollars I do invest in organic farmers and practices feels well spent.

What triggered your interest in organic products? Why are you spending money to buy organic products, or reluctant to invest an extra dollar or two into the health of your body?

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1 comment:

  1. I tend to buy organic fruits and veggies if they have an edible or thin skin. So organic bananas? No thanks, that's just overspending. I like to buy the same sort of organic products you listed, as well as blueberries. There's a great farmers market in Boston that I like to go to throughout the summer. I can't afford to shop there for all of my produce, but I'll buy a few interesting items here and there (like fairytale eggplans, rainbow chard, or rainbow carrots). I also buy organic milk, but that's just because I like the flavor, and it lasts so much longer than regular milk.