Buying Organic? In Some Cases, It’s Worth it!

Hello, Blogworld!

I hope to start blogging  a little more regularly in the next few weeks.  I’ve started to get into a little bit of a groove.  I still don’t have much time, but I’ve learned a few tricks along the way.  🙂

I hope you’re all doing well!

Anyway – I digress.  🙂

I came across this article today about the “Dirty Dozen”.  The “Dirty Dozen” is a list released by the Environmental Working Group regarding the high level of pesticides in some produce.  Dan and I have been attempting to buy more organic produce when we can (Thanks, Food, Inc!).  Sometimes it can be too expensive.  (Don’t worry  – I feel a rant coming on regarding our local chain grocery store charging WAY TOO MUCH for just about everything lately)  However – this article has made me think twice about buying the cheaper stuff.

According to the article:

And not all the pesticides used to kill bugs, grubs, or fungus on the farm washes off under the tap at home. Government tests show which fruits and vegetables, prepared typically at home, still have a pesticide residue.

You can reduce your exposure to pesticides by as much as 80% if you avoiding the most contaminated foods in the grocery store.

Here are the Dirty Dozen for 2010:

1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries

6. Nectarines

7. Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Kale

10. Cherries

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes

According to the report, strawberries (especially those bought out of season) had a total of 59 different pesticides!  Blueberries (my favorite!) had 52!  And, the veggies on the list?  I eat them all the time!  I love spinach (48!) and kale.

The safest?

Onions, avocado, corn, pineapple, mango, asparagus, peas, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, papaya, watermelon, broccoli and tomatoes (surprisingly!).

I guess I need to start shopping at other stores.  I noticed that stores that only sell organic produce charge a lot less for the organic food than my local chain grocery store.  ($.75 on strawberries)  Maybe I’ll have to start going out of my way for it – it seems to make a big difference!

What about you?  Do you buy organic foods?

Yup… it’s me again…

I am alive.

By the way things are going, you’ll have to wait until summer for me to come back.

Does anyone know where I can pick up a few more hours in my day?