Organic foods require more of a financial investment as compared to the ‘regular’ groceries found in your run-of-the-mill store. As our culture becomes increasingly interested in healthy living and green alternatives, our awareness of our food sources and their unsafe additives also increases.
While many of us would choose only organic options if it were possible, we are limited by the additional expense. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2015 Guide to Pesticides in Produce lists foods that consumers should always buy organic. EWG calculates that USDA tests found a total of 165 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetable samples. Nearly two thirds of the three thousand produce samples tested by the U.S department of Agriculture contained pesticide residues.
Armed with this knowledge, additional research and our belief in organic, healthful eating and living, Logro Farms has compiled this list of organic must haves to pick up during your next trip down the grocery aisle.
What to Buy Organic
- APPLES – More than 45 pesticides have been detected on apples. Residue is also found in apple juice and applesauce.
- PEACHES – A single sample showed 13 different pesticides.
- NECTARINES – A single sample showed 13 different pesticides.
- GRAPES – Grape juice samples tested positive for six pesticides, including carbaryl, a potent insecticide banned in Europe. A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides.
- COLLARD GREENS AND KALE – These leafy greens along with hot peppers were frequently found contaminated with insecticides toxic to the human nervous system.
- STRAWBERRIES – A single sample showed 13 different pesticides.
- BLUEBERRIES – While not on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list this year, blueberries have previously been found with residue from more than 50 pesticides. Frozen blueberries have proved somewhat less contaminated.
- COFFEE – Often grown in countries with relaxed pesticide regulations, coffee is best purchased organic where there are no synthetic fertilizers or chemicals used in growing or production.
- MILK – Contains rBGH, an artificial growth hormone used to increase milk production in cows. Local organic milk is best, as some large organic labels have come under fire recently.
Safe Nonorganic Purchases
- AVOCADOS – Only 1% of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
- PINEAPPLES – 89% of samples had no pesticide residue.
- MANGO – 88% of samples had no pesticide residue.
- KIWI – 82% of samples had no pesticide residue.
- PAPAYAS – 80% of samples had no pesticide residue.
- CANTALOUPE – 61% of samples had no pesticide residue.
- The clean list also includes sweet corn, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, eggplant, grapefruit, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
Smart shopping choices help to protect you and your family and contribute to a rich diet with less exposure to pesticides, growth hormones and other harmful additives.
If you are looking to grow a few produce items, pick up Logro Farm’s organic mushroom, wheatgrass or microgreen kits. Farm to table living is the best way to ensure organic consumption.