I've got 4 main reasons why I prefer to buy organic:
- Higher levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- More flavor
- Lower levels of pesticides
- Better for the Earth- environmental preservation
EWG reviewed 51,000 tests for pesticides that the USDA and FDA conducted from 2000 to 2009 on 53 popular fruits and vegetables. After analyzing these tests EWG ranked the produce on overall risk of pesticide exposure so shoppers could buy fruits and vegetables with consistently lower overall levels of pesticide contamination.
I don't just look at the Dirty Dozen list but also the Clean 15 list to help me decide what to buy organic. If you choose to eat 5 servings of produce a day from EWG's Clean 15 rather than the Dirty Dozen, you can lower the volume of pesticide you consume daily by 92 percent, according to EWG calculations. Eating conventionally grown fruits and vegetables is MUCH healthier than eating no produce at all.
It's just too expensive for me to buy all organic produce. Since I know which fruits and vegetables contain less pesticides I choose to buy everything from the Clean 15 conventional instead of organic.
Here's the list I use to help me determine when I want to spent more money on organic and when not to.
EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce
Is organic important to you? What foods are you willing to spend more on?
organic produce from my 2011 garden