Organically grown food is grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizer.While research on whether organic food is better for you or not is inconclusive, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that some fruits and vegetables have much higher levels of pesticide residue than others—even after washing them thoroughly. So while the researchers are tallying the numbers, in the meantime buying organics just seems to make sense. Fewer pesticides means cleaner soil and water, and buying organic supports local growers. However, organic food can be more expensive than its non-organic counterpart. So how do you know what to buy organic?
Foods You Should Always Buy Organic
Studies done by the USDA, Consumer Reports and the Environment Work Group have come up with the following list of 12 produce items that when tested contained the highest pesticide loads, making these the best items to buy organic when you are able.
- Imported Grapes
- Bell Peppers
- Red Raspberries
Other Foods You Might Consider Buying Organic: Lettuce, Milk, Beef and Poultry
Food You Don’t Have to Buy Organic
These 12 produce items were found to have the least amount of pesticides. You will note that many of them have thick, protective skins.
- Sweet Peas
Local farmers markets offer a wide variety of fresh, organically grown produce which is available in Southern California year round. In addition, farmers market prices are often more reasonable than supermarkets. Support the farmers market in your neighborhood.