As organic products become increasingly available, I always ask myself, is it worth the money to go organic?
While organic food contains a lower level of pesticides and organic farming is more eco-friendly, many studies find no meaningful benefits or harm to an organic diet (see one of those articles here). However, for peace of mind and the environment, I try to buy organic, but can't afford to pay the premium price for every produce. So the question becomes, which produce to go organic?
Basically, a thick skin protects a fruit or vegetable from pesticides (i.e. what you eat will be "clean"). I used to buy organic bananas because of the small price difference, but then I realized, "I don't eat the pesticide-ridden banana peel anyway!"
If you're worried about the level of pesticide you're consuming, the "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" is a good general guide:
The following lists are reposted from David Suzuki's website:
The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination) -- Buy Organic or Peel (if possible!)
Sweet bell peppers
The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination) -- Don't need to buy organic
But of course, eating any fruits and vegetables (organic or not!) is better than eating none.
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