Thursday, January 28, 2010

Is Organic Worth the Cost? The Debate Rages On

January 26th, 2010

The organic vs. conventional debate rages. We got a lot of comments on our last piece about this hotly debated organic vs. conventional foods topic.

Do you buy organic foods? Leave a comment — let us know!

Is organic farming BETTER than conventional – do the foods have more nutrients? More flavor? Less pesticides?

And, at the end of the day, are they better for us?

So we’re back with some more info.

Data suggests adults eat around 2 servings of vegetables TOTAL per day.

And we’ve had people say to us “I can’t afford organic produce, so I can’t eat more than I'm already eating each day.” But our goal is to first get people to eat MORE produce, whether organic or not.

At this time it is not clear what affect ingesting pesticides has on the body.

Research hasn’t suggested a particular health concern, but we also haven’t been eating much of them until more recently with different farming practices. After all, they are pesticides. I'd hate to learn down the road about some negative health outcome because of them.

With that said, a nonpartisan organization, The Environmental Working Group, poured over 50,000+ USDA and FDA tests of different pesticides.

They came up with a list of produce that is likely to be more contaminated than those that are not. They called it the “Dirty Dozen”

Very simply, if you’re going to spend more on organic foods, you should focus on THESE 12 that are most commonly contaminated (they are in order from highest to lowest, but they suggest buying organic for any 1 of these 12)

1. Peaches (most contaminated)
2. Apples
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarine
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Kale
9. Lettuce
10. Grapes (imported)
11. Carrot
12. Pear

*NOTE: The entire list of 47 foods can be found here:

Then again, we also have the other issue of the environment, the workers themselves dealing with pesticides, and so on.

There are a lot of factors in this organic vs. conventional debate – more to come as we continue to learn.

Post a comment — is organic worth the money in your mind?

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