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Why Buy Organic?

To eat, or not to eat organic. That is the question. Recent studies state it really doesn’t matter if you eat organic foods or not.

Why Buy Organic?

“Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.” – John Cage

There has been quite a bit of controversy these days about eating organic. Recent studies state that it really doesn’t matter if you eat organic foods or not.

When something is labeled organic, it usually means that a farm has not used pesticides and has taken considerable care to avoid any cross-contamination.

Producing organic food undoubtedly costs more money, which is passed on to the consumer. Buying organic tends to be quite a bit more expensive than buying non-organic. 

Honestly, I don’t care what the studies are saying about eating organic versus eating non-organic. I would rather not put pesticides into my body, as well as wanting to support farmers and food companies that are not using pesticides. I love going to farmers’ markets during the spring, summer and fall. And when I am shopping in the grocery store, I am willing to pay a bit more for organic food.

If you have decided not to buy organic, read the two lists below, outlining foods that have been found to be the most and least contaminated.

Most Contaminated

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Least Contaminated

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Kiwis
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Peas
  • Pineapples

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Dimitri Moderbacher February 15, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Hey Victoria. Interesting post! Could you include the studies you're referring to? Thanks Dimitri

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