Saturday, January 16, 2010
Organic versus conventional produce
We buy organic stuff, sometimes and now with milk, always. I feel like it's a waste of money at times for certain organic produce. Turns out, there's some truth to that. January's issue of EE's MSL (Evil Empire's Martha Stewart Living) overviews which fruits and veggies are "clean" if conventionally grown and "dirty" suggesting you should go organic. So this list is for my sister, Karel, too, who asked me about this issue very recently.
As usual, buying seasonal and local is best. Better for you, better for the environment.
"The Environmental Working Group found that consumers could cut their pesticide exposure by almost 90 percent by avoiding the most affected fruits and vegetables, and eating the least affected instead."
The Clean 15 (okay to buy conventional)
Frozen sweet corn
The Dirty Dozen (buy organic if possible)
Sweet bell peppers