When it comes to produce, here are a few things you should know about the organic farming process:
· Organic farming means there are no genetically modified organisms used
· Fertilizers and pesticides are still used, but they are from natural sources, not chemical and synthetic
· The delivery of fertilizers and pesticides is more targeted as to lessen the impact on the environment
· More environmentally friendly ways are employed to manage weeds (not synthetic herbicides)
We hear so often how good fruits and vegetables are for us, but then we read things like this and it makes you wonder – if you can’t buy organic, should you avoid them all together?! Are you just consuming poison that will lead to your ultimate demise?
Well, after extensive research, here’s what Bright Fitness has come up with:
· If you cannot afford, or do not have access to, organic produce, the health benefits of conventional produce outweigh the negative effects of pesticides.
· If you have a limited budget, but would like to cut back on the pesticides on your produce, there are agencies that have done the legwork for us to determine which produce has the most residual pesticides and which are ‘clean’ and therefore show very little difference between conventionally and organically grown
Top 10 to Buy Organic: Apples, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries, Cucumbers, Grapes, Hot Peppers, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes
Top 10 ‘Clean’: Asparagus, Avocado, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangos, Mushrooms
This is a list to get you started. If you would like more information, check out a full list from the Environmental Working Group at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/. Our general rule of thumb is to buy organic if the cost isn’t too different because we like to support organic farming methods. After that, we follow the list above and from the EWG to determine which are best to buy organic. Ultimately, we simply aim to eat lots of fruits and vegetables!