These are not easy choices to make. I have changed my mind on this several times but this is my current position. Organic does not mean not polluted. Some pollution comes from the air, acid rain, ground water, chemicals in the ground, etc. Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that help our body deal with pollutants and toxic substances we are exposed to. Still, organic produce has a distinct advantage in that a significant percent of pollution is eliminated and also that genetically modified organisms (GMO's) are not allowed. Washing is very often ineffective to clean off chemical residues as many are absorbed through the skin of the fruit very easily. The thicker the skin the less will probably get to the inside. The dirty dozen list was made based on this. Small fruit and veggies like berries and leafy greens has a larger surface area than large fruit and is often thinner skinned and harder to wash off without destroying. Some fruit is sprayed with more harmful things than others. Some fruit has a huge price difference between organic and non-organic and there are regional differences. We live in a State with a lot of apples and I can buy organic apples for only slightly more than non-organic and both are very nice. If you eat dairy and meat you may want to try to eat those organic because they are higher up in the food chain and therefore more polluted. If at all affordable I buy organic as the default. Food that is sprayed with toxic substances should not be considered normal any more than child abuse should be considered normal just because it is extremely common. On that point, I would do everything I can to feed children organic as much as possible because they are even more susceptible to poisons in our food. But we all need to do the best we can do. Sometimes locally grown food is not organic but very close to it, just not certified. Buy local and meet the person who produces the food you eat whenever possible. Look into community supported agriculture (CSA). Birgit
Eating a fruit is better than not eating it whether it is organic or not, in my opinion, unless you are allergic to it or the chemicals used. Most of the reading I have done states there is no scientific evidence to substantiate organic eating being more healthful than non-organic. Everyone has their own opinion, and all opinions should include common sense. Organic is a personal choice for each consumer. Personally, I rarely buy organic produce even though I know of the "dirty dozen." I do wash the heck out of my produce. Search on the internet "dirty dozen" and that should get you started. You can also download an APP of that name for smartphones which you can use at the grocery store to make the right decision for you.
Slow and steady. Eat clean and as close to nature as possible. Avoid refined, highly processed foods.
I was grocery shopping yesterday, and looking at strawberries. The non-organic ones looked and smelled wonderful, and were on sale at a very reasonable price. The organic ones didn't look appetizing at all and were 2 dollars more! I ended up not getting any strawberries at all.
I guess my question is which is healthier - non-organic fruit or none at all?
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