Tuesday, September 29, 2009

When Ya Demand Organic... But it Ain't There...

The world of Organic produce is certainly improving from what it was 5 years ago. Now, every major market has some amount of organic produce. I’ve found it inconsistent across the market spectrum. Some have a much larger selection then others, but at least the variety is expanding.

Still, sometimes you have to resort to purchasing “conventional” produce, which can be unsettling knowing that conventional produce is bathed in pesticides and such. But there is guidance on what to buy and what not to buy when it comes to non-organic veggies and fruits.

These are my humble thoughts when deciding about produce:

*Grow your own... this is the most ultimate and safe solution
*Buy from local organic farmers
*Buy organic from local hometown markets
*Buy organic from chain markets
*Buy conventional produce

Ok, so let’s say we are shopping conventional today. There is definitely produce that is “safer” to purchase then others. It’s important to know which “conventional” fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues, and which have the least.
According to Food News, here’s the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen:

Peaches, apples, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, imported grapes, pears.
VEGGIES: sweet bells, celery, kale, lettuce, carrots

Avocados, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi papayas, watermelon, grapefruit
VEGGIES: Onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, cabbage, eggplant, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes.

Here’s the complete list.

Why can’t you just wash the produce with water? Most pesticides, etc get trapped under the wax that covers the produce to give it a longer shelf life. Washing with water will not wash away this residual film.

How about pesticide washes? Here are some very good recommendations.

So next time you head to the market and you have to buy conventional.... take this list with you...or download it on your IPhone... and you’ll be prepared and ready to avoid the Dirty Dozen!

Until Next Time.......


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