What is Best to Buy Organic?


Aside from the fact that organic food contains higher levels of vital nutrients, organic foods are also lower in other residues and compounds that are seriously detrimental to your health, such as herbicide-  and pesticide residues.


Additionally, the use of pesticides and herbicides in conventional farming practices contaminates groundwater, ruins the soil structure and promotes erosion. They’ve also been linked to the mysterious “colony collapse disorder” that threatens pollinating honeybees around the world. With that in mind, buying or growing as much organic food as possible is not only best for your health, but for the health of the entire planet.


Eating only organic meat and dairy products means you know the animals are treated fairly, they are not routinely pumped with antibiotics or fed GM food. On a large scale the quantity of food a cow eats is huge.  Depending if they are fed organically or conventionally tells how much land is under cultivation using large amounts of agricultural fertilizers and pesticides.


That said, however, certain fruits and vegetables are subjected to far heavier pesticide use than others. And with food prices rising, many are looking for ways to buy the healthiest foods possible at the lowest cost. One such way would be to focus on purchasing certain organic items, while “settling” for others that are conventionally-grown. 


This is where the EWG study of pesticide residue on produce really helps.


Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes

Conventionally-grown strawberries, in particular, were found to be highly toxic due to a poisonous blend of pesticides in a previous 2007 EU study as well.


But be VERY careful as the list above is for fruits and vegetables. 


Non-organic meats have far higher concentrations of pesticides than all of the fruits and vegetables.  And the highest concentration of pesticides is actually in non-organic butter.


So if you can only buy one organic food item it should be butter. Next priority would be meats and dairy and once those are addressed, you will want to focus on the fruit and vegetable list above.


Locally-grown organics are your absolute best bet, but bear in mind that many times buying locally grown food is your best choice even if it’s grown conventionally, as the environmental impact of shipping organic produce across the globe can cancel out many its benefits. Organic farming standards are also questionable in many parts of the world.


These Conventionally-Grown Foods are Low in Pesticide Residue -- But Watch Out For GMO Varieties!


While you may have heard about the most common GMO food sources, such as soy and corn, many people are clueless about JUST HOW MUCH of your produce is now available in GMO varieties. And, perhaps even worse, just how many deliberate GMO field trials are actually going on, all across the world.

 

For the future safety of food we must BOYCOTT GMO's.

 

Based on company statements the following are known to use Genetically Modified ingredients


Kraft

Nestle

Unilever

Coca Cola

Proctor and Gamble

Heinz

Del Monte

Kellogg

General Mills

McDonalds

Hersheys

 

If you want to GET ACTIVE contact company's and ask them if they are putting GMO'S in your food.


For further information see the side tag - Whats up with GE /GMO's?


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