12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2010)

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Last weekend, I got a friendly warning from a farmer at our local Greenmarket. Holding up the big, beautiful bell pepper I’d selected, he said, “You may find a little friend inside.”

Friend? I cast an uncomprehending look at him. “We don’t use pesticides,” he explained.

I assured him I preferred the little bug I could see and get rid of to undetectable and irremovable chemicals. (As it turned out, the pepper was friendless.)

Pesticide residues are a particular problem with bell peppers, as it turns out. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), they are among the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables — all of which you should buy organic if you can:

Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Blueberries
Nectarines
Bell Peppers
Spinach
Cherries
Kale/Collard Greens
Potatoes
Grapes (imported)

Onions, corn and peas are a different matter. They are among the least contaminated. If you can’t afford to buy organic produce across the board, don’t waste your precious dollars on them.

Why bother with organic food at all? Small doses of pesticides and other chemicals may cause lasting damage to health, especially to young children and babies in the womb. Buying organic where it counts will reduce your exposure and protect your family’s health.

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One Response to 12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2010)

  1. Joe November 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    I appreciate the message you are trying to convey unfortunately it contains the same mistakes frequently overlooked in similar articles. The issue is most seeds used on non-organic farms have been genetically modified to resists pests and reduce the insecticides they previously sprayed on the crops. When insects eat these crops it kills them. The down side is you can no longer wash the pesticides off of the vegetables because it is now inside and no longer on the surface. The FDA apparently only tests to make sure the nutritional content has not been affected and does not require any testing to see what the impact is on human consumption. The Federal Government does not require any foods that are genetically modified to be labeled as such so you have very little ways to determine what you are eating. This is another situation where large corporation lobbyist working through our government are hiding the truth from the american public. Two major crops that are very difficult to avoid and corn and soy because they are used on so many other food items.