An apple a day ..... A guide to organic fruit and vegetables
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Pesticides are used in most production of fruits and vegetables and the residues of these toxins can be harmful. Organic food is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers and will therefore contain less toxins and chemicals than non-organic grown fruits and vegetables. But due to the increasing costs of our food basket it is often difficult to afford organic food so if I can only choose a few items in my shopping basket to be organic which ones are best to buy?
Luckily The Environmental Working Group, a not for profit organisation has done all the research for us and publishes the clean 15 and the dirty dozen list to help us out. They list the 15 cleanest fruits and vegetables, in other words, the ones with the least amount of chemicals and which are therefore ok to buy non-organic. They also list the dirty dozen, the 12 most sprayed fruits and vegetables and the ones you really want to try and buy organic where possible. on top of this they highlight the worst of the dirty dozen which are the most heavily sprayed of all - the list changes each year a little according to which pesticides are being used but topping the list is apples, celery and strawberries. It is most certainly advisable to try and buy these foods organic whenever you can!
Check out the list on this diagram and visit the EWG here to donate to their cause and view the latest version of the list.
And why not check out all the organic products we stock on the EcoLifeGlobal store?
Article written by Sebastian Curtis