A few years ago, organic brought thoughts of a farmer's market on weekends, your
garden in the summer, or the hippie market on the corner that sold granola. Then
came Whole Foods, and now Walmart, Target, and even most conventional
supermarkets, carry some organic produce. So what's the deal...is conventional
produce really that bad?
Keeping bugs away from your lettuce is one
thing, but common sense says that soil which is stripped of its nutrients won't
have anything to transfer to the plant, or argue that spraying vegetables and
fruits with organophosphate insecticides, which are toxic to the nervous system,
is a good idea. Fact is, we have very little quality topsoil left due to
synthetic chemical over-fertilization, rapid crop turnover, and the subsequent
Organic, Free-Range, Wild and Pastured are expensive, you know
that, so is it worth it? Lets take a look at the foods that if you're going to
throw down the extra dough are worth it.
Worth the Extra Dough:
1. Lettuce & Other Leafy Stuff
spinach, and especially kale, which is more krinkly, have a lot of surface area
where pesticides love to hang out and get lodged in spaces. Even hand washing
barely gets all of that chemical residue off and you're going to eat it.
Endosulfane and Vikane don't sound so appetizing, do they? Definitely the most
important food to buy organic.
I have a full write up on Dairy HERE, but beyond the conditions dairy cows are forced to live under, the
hormones and pharmaceuticals they are forced to take, the milk is pasteurized
destroying all the beneficial stuff in it to begin with. If you like dairy, raw
milk is the only way to go. But, due to its fragile nature, (and government
regulation), it does not travel well, so it has to be bought at a farm. If you
like it, want it, need it, do a local search for a local farm.
For the most part, farm raised fish is disgusting. In a feed lot for
fish who need wild plants for nutrients to grow quality meat, they are fed
everything from dog food, soy, and even corn. Fact is farm raised Atlantic
salmon would be completely white if they didn't feed them orange beta carotene
Get your wild fish HERE
Listed as the dirtiest
pesticide laden fruit, conventional apples are picked way too young before they
develop most of their vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, then sprayed with wax
to 'mature' in a warehouse or truck across the country. Get apples, and your
other fruit as local as you can, organic, and preferably in season.
Anything that is plump and contains a lot of water is best to get
organic. Pesticides wash into the soil and are absorbed into the plant making
not only the skin coated with junk, but the fluid inside
NOT Worth the Dough
Most fruits high
up in a tree, in a hard casing or shell, are not sprayed that much, and have the
coat to protect its flesh. And, unlike an apple, this protective coat, (skin),
you do not eat.
A hard wooden coat is even better!
3. Mangoes & Pineapples & Coconuts
As with avocados, fruit grown up in a
tree with a hard protective coat is a lot safer than the exposed stuff close to
Just like they make you cry, onions scare bugs
to death. They are naturally resistant to pests.
big fan for the bug crowd.
-Leavitt Dec 2012