Organic v. Conventional

Organic. Just how important is it? It's no secret that our produce is sprayed with harmful toxic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other chemicals that I can't pronounce let alone spell. Organic produce, less so. There are certain regulations that farmers must adhere to in order to have produce that is certified as organic. They use natural fertilizers that benefit the environment and are not as harmful to fruits and vegetables. When it comes to packaged foods, organic plays a big part as well. People want to know that the items they are eating are free of harmful chemicals, GMOs, and other toxins.

So who decides whether something is organic? The USDA for one and other 3rd party certifiers. Not surprisingly, the USDA is more lenient then some of the other agencies out there (i.e. QAI). The USDA has a list of 30+ chemicals that they allow be used in organic products. These are NON-organic chemicals! They are also very easily swayed by corporations with deep pockets.

What can we do to protect ourselves against these toxins? Buy organic! Of course I would love to buy all organic, but frankly I can't afford it! So I buy the dirty dozen (see below) as organic and not the clean fifteen (see below). I try to buy the veggies that I am going to juice as organic (to avoid direct absorption of chemicals). Certain things that have been known to be genetically modified I will buy organic (tofu, corn, soy). When it comes to organic certifiers, I personally don't even consider what is labeled as USDA Organic as organic. I don't trust them and prefer an organic seal from another company.

Veggies for Juicing

 

**EWG.org now has a list of the Dirty Dozen+ (meaning it's more than just 12...)

Dirty Dozen:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot peppers
  7. Imported Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell peppers
  13. Kale/Collard Greens
  14. Summer squash

Clean Fifteen:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mango
  10. Mushroom
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet peas- frozen
  15. Sweet Potatoes

You can sign up for the EWG's Shopper's Guide HERE that outlines all of the above info.

XOXO
D.