Why eat Organic Food?

Why take the time and effort to eat organic food instead of conventional food? 

Is it so you will not be ingesting food containing man made chemicals?  Is it because you want to know that the delicious steak you are eating comes from an ethically and humanely raised animal?  Do you want to be sure the farm that produces the crispy flavorful veggies you enjoy is sustainable and friendly to the environment?

  All of these and many more reasons are why an ever increasing amount of people are choosing to go organic.

How to get started

Making the decision to change to an organic lifestyle can seem daunting but if you go one step at a time it can be a fun and simple process.  Start with what is known by the Environmental Working Group as the 'Dirty Dozen'. These are the fruits and vegetables that are deemed most likely to contain pesticide remains due to their structure.  They are; 

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Kale
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Shopping for Organic Food

It used to be that shopping organic meant searching for specialty health food stores and trying to find the foods you actually eat on a daily basis. However times are changing and now most major supermarkets contain organic produce sections as well as organic choices for just about every food category. When searching always look for the USDA organic seal of approval.

There are also other great choices for purchasing organic food;

  • Local farmers' markets can offer you a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables that are local and certified organic. Keep in mind local doesn't mean organic unless it has the organic seal. 
  • Buy organic fruits and vegetables when they are in season.  This is the best way to get the freshest, least expensive produce.
  • Become a member of a food co-op.  By paying an annual fee you will be helping support local producers and will spend much less money in the long run.
  • Buy in bulk if you are able to use or store the food for a period of time.

Foods you don't need to buy organic

At the opposite end of the dirty dozen are the clean 15. These are the fruits and vegetables least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues;

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Frozen Sweet Peas
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus

  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli