In the perfect world, we all have the perfect patch of land, we enjoy gardening, and grow wonderfully organic frutis and vegetables. But since that is the perfect world, few of us live in it.
For alot of us, we live instead in the real world, where we only have so many food dollars to go around. We may be giving careful consideration to our weekly purchases....what should I buy? From whom? Where does it come from? How is it grown? Are my decisions supporting good environmental practices?
Wise decsions about the right type of food with the highest nutritional value and quality should be high on our list. When possible, organics is the route to go. Buying local, good quality organic fruits and veggies from our local farmers, who we get to know, I have found is the most desired approach. When this is not possible, the health food or organic produce stores or markets are a good alternative. But this can get very pricey, in a few short bags, depleting our cash reserves before the weekly shopping list is complete.
So what do you do? You do your homework! That way, your dollars go futher, while your health and nutrional needs are still being addressed. Some foods should just always be on your NO-NO! List of products to purchase unless they are organic. Other foods, when measuring how far to stretch your dollar and still have sound nutrition, have the least amount of pesticide residue and buying conventional would be ok.
TOP FOODS WITH HIGHEST PESTICIDE CONTENT
Here is a list of the top 10 foods containing the most pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. When purchasing these foods, it is best to buy organic, or grown them yourself organically.
FOODS YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY ORGANIC
For more information see article Ten Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organically.