Buying Organic

by KalaLea on March 17, 2011 • Posted in News

img_ewg_shopperguidelistHappy Thursday! Until I begin to grow my own fruits and vegetables, I will purchase these items organically-grown and/or sustainably-raised:

1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Bell Peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Berries
7. Cherries
8. Lettuce
9. Grapes
10. Pears
11. Potatoes
12. Bananas
13. Soy products (e.g. tofu, milk, ice cream, yogurt, etc.)
14. Cow’s milk incl. cheese and ice cream (buy local or make sure it says RgBH free)
15. Chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, eggs, or pork (meat)

The list to the right was provided by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) that works on three main policy or issue areas: toxic chemicals and human health; farming and agricultural subsidies; and public lands and natural resources. Based on research, I’ve added soy, milk, egg, and meat products to this list.

I have never met any one from EWG; however, I trust my body and taste buds. When in season, an organic apple is a whole lot tastier than a non-organic one. Why would I eat synthetic chemicals if there is another, healthier option?

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  1. Baly

    I have that EWG list on my fridge! I’ve been using it to make choices now that my food budget is so much lower. I feel like generally, thick skins fruits or things you don’t eat the outside of are ok. (That doesn’t explain why asparagus, cabbage, eggplant, and sweet potato are on the clean side, though.) And anything having to do with the reproductive system, like eggs or milk, I try to get organic.

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