Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Pesky Pesticides vs. Expensive Organics


I love organic. 

(Except if the fruit doesn't look perfect. Then its harder.

 Which is probably also why I haven't currently got a boyfriend. 

If a man doesn't look like Mr Hawaii Five O,
it's harder to love him too.)



Anyway, I digress.

The issue with organic remains cost.
Particularly while I 'freelance'.
A bit too much 'free' in my lancing currently,
so organic is pretty much out of the budget.

The issue with non-organic remains pesticides.

And I'm pretty sure, cancer.
Since I don't plan on exercising my way around that,
I have to eat my way around it.

So you can see how organic is as important as a gratuitous shot of Mr Hawaii Five O.

Today's Huffington Post is pretty helpful.

The EWG - Environmental Working Group (in the US) - says:
 "You can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and instead eating the least contaminated produce."

FOUR FIFTHS!
80%!

That's hectic.
(and see the fraction percentage conversion I was clever enough to do?! That's what organic will do for your brain kids!)

Cut this out and stick it in your purse for trips to the supermarket: 


The Dirty Dozen
These fruits and vegetables tend to be high in pesticide residue when grown conventionally. Buy them from an organic source whenever you can.

  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Spinach, kale, collard greens
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes
  • Imported grapes
  • Lettuce

The Clean 15*

When grown conventionally, these items remain low in pesticide residue. There are fewer advantages to buying them from an organic source.

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet potato
  • Sweet onion

Just keepin' y'all safe.
/cx

sources:*Data and title courtesy of the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
image: via Huffpo, and yummy Alex vis Google. Gosh, I Love Google.

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