SHOP SMART --WHEN (AND WHY) TO BUY ORGANIC

Is there really a difference in buying organic vs not?? There's a lot of information out there making sound arguments for both pro and anti organic. I'm not going to try to sway you one way or another, just going to share information and resources for you to make an educated decision next time you're shopping.

The organic label: when you see this, it means that the growth and production of the food item was done via approved methods. (i.e. grown without genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, sewage sludge, pesticides, etc). 

The problem with all that stuff is that it decreases some of the health benefits (i.e. less beneficial microbes because of chemical farming killing destroying soil health) and can cause health issues too. Research shows that pesticides and chemicals we are exposed to have an impact on different areas of health (mostly hormone, neurological and immune). For this reason, I like to buy organic when possible. And when it's not possible, I like to use the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen as a guideline.

The dirty dozen is a group of produce items with the highest amounts of pesticide residues while the clean fifteen contains items with a decreased likelihood of containing pesticide residues. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2017 lists and their reports found that a single sample of strawberries had over 20 different pesticide residues! No wonder strawberries are number 1 on the dirty dozen; find out the rest by downloading your lists here.