The must have organic produce list has been updated for 2011. The dirty list is pretty much the same as last year with the exception of cherries. You don’t need to buy organic cherries anymore if you were buying it. Similarly the clean list hasn’t changed much since last year.
It is very important to eat the dirty produce organic. According to Environmental Working Group (EWG) picking 5 servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day. If you choose 5 servings from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.
The fruits the kids tend to love are on the dirty list and since these pesticides have a greater effect on growing kid bodies it is very important to buy the popular fruits and veggies from the dirty list organic.
So update your shopping list to know which produce to buy organically.
|MUST Buy Organic (Highest Pesticide index)||Lowest in pesticides (SAVE Money – Don’t need to buy Organic)|
|1. Apples||1. Onions|
|2. Celery||2. Sweet Corn|
|3. Strawberries||3. Pineapple|
|4. Peaches||4. Avocados|
|5. Spinach||5. Asparagus|
|6. Nectarines – imported||6. Sweet Peas|
|7. Grapes – imported||7. Mangoes|
|8. Sweet Bell Peppers||8. Eggplant|
|9. Potatoes||9. Cantaloupe – domestic|
|10. Blueberries – domestic||10. Kiwi|
|11. Lettuce||11. Cabbage|
|12. Kale/Collard Greens||12. Watermelon|
|13. Sweet Potato|
Tips on buying organic produce:
1) How do you know if the produce you buy from your local farmer’s market (if you buy from there) is actually organic? There’s has been a lot of publicity in the news on how some farmers are selling conventional produce as organic. If you are unsure ask the farmer if they are organic or not, if the farmer responds yes, then follow up with how they pest control. The farmer better have a good explanation on how they treat the bugs.
2) Love gardening? Have a garden? If you have one great, if you don’t have one, start one. No space? No problem, use the patio or the balcony and use planters. Grow the produce you consume the most from the dirty list, at home. Or grow the most expensive organic fruit/veggie at home. This is also a great way to get kids involved in how food grows etc…
Tips if you don’t buy organic
1) There are a number of reasons why people don’t buy organic – cost and availability of organic dirty list produce. If you buy non organic dirty list produce make sure to wash it thoroughly. By washing I mean scrubbing as you can eliminate a lot of the contact pesticide from the fruit.
2) Remove the outer leaves and skins of dirty list produce before eating it.