Every once in awhile, somebody asks me why I buy organic. I’ve heard every excuse from “it’s more expensive”, to “does it really matter, I’ve never bought organic before?” It is definitely a personal choice, but it is one that I made for my family. We typically buy from our local Farmer’s Market. It is also why I plan to grow our own fruits and veggies eventually. Hey, I’ve got Asparagus and Onions that do really well in my garden. If it can grow in Missouri, it’s going to. I’m working on it come Spring.
The biggest reason to buy organic is to avoid putting pesticides in your body. Much of the grocery store produce is sprayed with loads of it. They are harmful and if you are eating them regularly, you are risking your health and consuming large doses of over 20 different pesticides per day. That’s pretty scary.
These 12 fruits and veggies are known as the Dirty Dozen and are the produce that should always be purchased organic. The biggest reason for this is because most of them have no skin or a very thin skin, which is why they are so easily contaminated. The following is the list and they are listed in order from most to least contaminated.
10. Sweet Bell Peppers
12. Imported Grapes
If knowing you’re consuming a large amount of dangerous chemicals isn’t enough reason to buy organic, I don’t really know what is.
So are you buying organic? And if you aren’t… why not?