Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Skinny on Organic Produce

Top Produce to Buy Organic

Latest list of foods highly contaminated with pesticides.
Therefore this is a list of the produce we should ALWAYS buy organic or skip altogether.



  • Peaches - listed as the worst with the highest levels of pesticides of all conventional produce
  • Strawberries - one of the most pesticide laden food of all and so scrumptious and not easy to wash because they are small and sweet, like Raspberries, so choose organic to be safe and keep your family safe
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Grapes (& therefore
  • Raisins and
  • Juice! - many kinds of juices have Grape Juice in them)
  • Nectarines
  • Apricots
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Lemons - especially if zesting, should definitely use organic
  • Limes
  • Bananas - heavy chemicals for the trip to America including Thiabendazole which Damages the Brain and Nervous System. Especially troubling since this is the first food we can feed our babies! Not on EWG list anymore but we're keeping them on ours.
  • Kiwis - off the latest lists
  • Pineapple depending from where
  • Cantaloupe from Mexico
  • Tomatoes - yes, they're a fruit, but they were recently taken off the top tend list. Of course, grape and cherry tomatoes are difficult to wash giving reason to get those organic. And organic tomatoes just taste better!

Also important to buy organic:

  • Rice - loaded with pesticides!
  • Oats - read those cereal boxes!
  • Milk - antibiotics and hormones are forced into America's conventional dairy cow to increase profits without regard on our children's health or that of the cow's - see Not in My Milk
  • Baby Foods! - babies are particularly sensitive to pesticides to make your own or go Organic!
  • Wild Salmon - okay, so it's not officially "organic" but Wild is the right choice for many reasons
  • Foods that are GE like Corn - there are more pesticides on genetically engineered foods so avoid GMO Foods
  • Nuts - because of the high fat content, they hold on to pesticides more than others
  • Anything you or your kids eat a lot of - since pesticides accumulate, if you eat a lot of something that may not be listed here, lets say your kids eat peanut butter every day, then you should certainly avoid an excess of toxins by choosing organic for those items.

Also, this is a great site to look at regarding when it is worth it to buy organic and what you can do if you can't afford or can't find the organic version. It was just too much to post on my blog.

1 comment:

Mary Beth said...
I thought you'd enjoy this!