Friday, April 3, 2009

Organic Produce

Organic fruits and veges are something we have been looking into for awhile, but there is still so much to learn. Since we don't have the financial resources to switch to entirely organic produce, I need to know what will make the most impact on our health.

A great website to start with is The Environmental Working Group (which is also a great resource for MANY of the issues I am learning about).

They have a specific part of their site dedicate to organic produce, and I learned a ton from their comprehensive list...The Full List. I printed this list and then highlighted the items we consume the most of and created my two lists...

My Needs to Change Priority List, ones in bold we have already switched...

  1. Apples

  2. Celery

  3. Strawberries

  4. Carrots

  5. Spinach

  6. Potatoes

  7. Cucumber

  8. Grapes

My Thank-Goodness List (these are low in pesticides, and we eat them a lot)

  1. Onion

  2. Avocado

  3. Kiwi

  4. Broccoli

  5. Tomato

  6. Banana

I also signed up so I could download the Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 Guide in a smaller format, that I can carry in my wallet when I am shopping.

Another resource I used in determining which items to switch first I found here-5 Easy Ways to go Organic. On this list we have already switched milk, peanut butter, and ketchup.

I also learned a lot form this article from Dr. Greene's website-Organic ~ A Choice for Our Children.

Finally, from Totally Tots...I learned a lot from our writer Laura, who did a 2 part series on When to Choose Organic, Part One, Part Two.

I plan to extensively research my shopping options in my area to locate where to get the best organic produce at the best prices. Cost is a very important factor for our family, so I need to be responsible.


Laura said...

Farmers markets might be a great option if you have them in your area!

Michelle said...

I'm surprise to see that tomatoes have been taken off of the dirty dozen list.

I'm glad to see you wanting to make healthier choices for your family. I pray Abba blesses you with wisdom along your journey. :-)