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?


2 Responses

  1. So, I have really wanted to start buying organic food after I have heard the news about it, since I’ve been in my nutrition class, and since I’ve seen Food, Inc. There are somethings that I really want to buy organic such as fruits and veggies. When it comes to products like pasta or grains, I’m not so convinced it is really worth it, is it? My nutrition professor encourages us to buy organic milk and organic meat.

    I went to Whole Foods today and I bought about half organic and half non-organic. I couldn’t bring myself to pay $4.99 for a thing of organic strawberries when the non-organic was $2.99 for the same amount. I did end up buying organic green beans, peaches, apples, and romaine lettuce. Probably a start in the right direction…but the bill at the end I wasn’t so thrilled about. I’m only a poor college student…

  2. Alison – we’ll have to take some field trips to farmer’s markets when you come home in summer. I bet they have great ones in the Twin Cities! They normally have great produce at great prices. Dan and I have been buying grass-fed beef and chickens that have been fed vegetarian diets. Sendiks actually just started carrying grass-fed beef. They are more expensive, but we wait for them to go on sale. If we can’t buy them – then we just wait. We’re willing to do that. 🙂

    I really hate to see how expensive good food is. I was behind someone at the store the other day and I looked into her cart – chips, white bread, fried foods, etc… But, it was cheap. That seems so backwards.

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