When you can’t buy all organic what should you buy?March 25, 2009
The Environmental Working Group has come out with a new Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides. It’s a downloadable wallet size list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated by pesticides and the 15 lowest in pesticides. According to their research:
people who eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load.
A rule of thumb I read somewhere (that doesn’t always work) is if you are going to eat the skin then buy organic. If it grows underground (though apparently not true of carrots, perhaps because they don’t have skins) or you don’t eat the covering, then your pesticide exposure is lessened.
We can’t buy organic everything, but at least this gives us a way to choose how to spend our organic food dollars.