Small steps to buy Organic

"After analyzing more than 100,000 pesticide tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Working Group, a watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C., released the "Dirty Dozen," a list of fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticides (see "Spend Wisely" at left). "By eating the organic versions of the dirty dozen, you can reduce your exposure to contaminants by 90 percent," says EWG spokesperson Lauren Sucher."

These 12 fruits and vegetables contain the highest levels of pesticides; buy organic to reduce your exposure: Apples, Bell peppers, Celery, Cherries, Imported grapes , Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Potatoes, Raspberries, Spinach, Strawberries.

The list of foods to buy organically and locally grown as listed above is a great way to start integrating organic and sustainable living into your daily lifestyle. As the report indicates we are exposed to higher levels of pesticides in certain crops which are linked to the development of cancer. 

The pesticide levels of these 12 fruits and vegetables are low to undetectable; okay to buy conventional: Asparagus, Avocados, Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kiwi, Mangoes, Onions, Papaya, Pineapples, Sweet corn, Sweet peas

Not only can we help reduce the risk of cancer by choosing organic foods but we can also contribute to sustainable living by supporting local farmers who work hard to provide us with pure food. The processes that famers use in organic food practices also contribute to safer and less harmful for the environment.Less emissions and better health for our bodies? Its a win-win situation. 

Stores we can access these food organically include Whole Foods, Trader Joes, New Seasons, and Zupan's just to name a few. We don't have to spend lots of extra money, if we just take a few steps to reduce the exposure we are getting to harmful chemicals in our food we can improve personal health and the health of the Earth. 

Bastone, K. (January , 2013). The organic question. Retrieved from