Why Organic?

As a child, I grew up on an organic farm, so organics to me are just “food”.  Some reasons I steadfastly reach, and pay more, for organics today are 1) pesticides stay in your body for years (some banned decades ago are found in our bodies and our children’s bodies), 2) surface water contaminated with pesticides run off into lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and oceans affect wild animals, fish, and birds, 3) organic farms help control soil erosion through tillage, cover crops, wind breaks and other organic farming practices, 4) organic farming may use 23% to 56% less fossil fuels.

Clean 15 and more (lowest in pesticides)

  • 1. Sweet Corn*
  • 2. Avocados
  • 3. Pineapples
  • 4. Cabbage
  • 5. Onions
  • 6. Sweet Peas
  • 7. Papayas*
  • 8. Asparagus
  • 9. Mangos
  • 10. Eggplant
  • 11. Honeydew Melon
  • 12. Kiwi
  • 13. Cantaloupe
  • 14. Cauliflower
  • 15. Grapefruit

** A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.

Source: EWG.org

Dirty Dozen (buy these organic)

  • 1. Strawberries
  • 2. Spinach
  • 3. Nectarines
  • 4. Apples
  • 5. Peaches
  • 6. Pears
  • 7. Cherries
  • 8. Grapes
  • 9.Celery
  • 10. Tomatoes
  • 11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  • 12. Potatoes