Should You Buy Organic for Your Family?

Deciding whether or not to buy organic food for your family is a harder question in today’s economic climate, where people are worried about job security.

One answer is to selectively buy organic. Specifically seek out organic produce based on which foods have the highest levels of pesticides on them. The not-for-profit Environmental Working Group did about 43,000 tests on produce between 2000 and 2005.

Here were the 12 worst foods – meaning these you should buy organic:

Peaches (Highest pesticide load)
Apples
Sweet Bell Peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Lettuce
Grapes (Imported/Not domestic US)
Pears
Spinach
Potatoes

The 12 best foods, meaning lowest in pesticides:

Eggplant
Broccoli
Cabbage
Bananas
Kiwi
Asparagus
Sweet Peas-Frozen
Mango
Pineapples
Sweet Corn-Frozen
Avocado
Onions (lowest pesticides)

You can go to FoodNews to see the full list.

This article was posted on Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 at 7:17 pm and is filed under Child Safety, Cooking with Kids, Countries & Cultures, English, Food and Nutrition, Mama Lisa, Organic Food, Parenting, USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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