Friday, July 11, 2008

Organic Food for Thought

There's the everlong conflict: I want to buy organic food, it tastes better, and I know it can be better for me and the environment, but how do I reconcile that with its higher costs?

Here's a quasi-solution: do what you're comfortable with, and buy the organic foods that seem most beneficial for the price. I came across this article on about.com randomly, entitled "Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Buy Organic." The guidelines the article uses are based just upon pesticide levels in non-organic produce. Of course, there are many other factors to consider, such as the ones Mohamad listed in the post below, and things like local production, transportation costs, farm conditions and practices, etc. We have to start somewhere, and our overall health - knowing what kinds of chemicals we put into our body - seems as good a place as any to me.

From the article:

The following list is based on information and studies by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Consumer Reports, and the Environmental Working Group.

1. Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
2. Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
3. Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
4. Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
5. Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
6. Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
7. Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
8. Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.

9. Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
10. Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
11. Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
12. Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.


The full article can be found here.

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