How to Reduce Your Pesticide Exposure by 80%

In case you’re wondering, pesticides have been linked to some serious health problems like Cancer, Birth Defects, Parkinson’s, Asthma, Autism, ADHD, and more. This is a great site to get more info.

www.beyondpesticides.org

A noticeable benefit to eating organic produce is that it often tastes better, even though it may not look as pretty. Some studies have shown that it can also have higher nutrient content.
 
Since 1990, the US Department of Agriculture has designated an Organic Certification for food grown without synthetic or toxic chemicals or fertilizers, genetic engineering, radiation, or sewage fertilizer.

Why is organic so expensive?

One of the biggest expenses is being CERTIFIED organic. Farmers have to pay the certifying organization a hefty fee to be granted that credential. There’s significant debate as to whether that credential has value, and how much weight consumers should put on that certification, since it may lean more toward checking boxes than taking into account the farm’s whole relationship with the ecosystem/community.

It costs farmers more money to grow organically. The crops take longer to grow and are smaller. Basically they produce less crops for the same amount of effort, which is why it costs more in a grocery store. You’re paying for quality, not quantity. Having said that, it’s usually cheaper to buy what’s in season, and always cheaper to buy directly from local farmers at a Farmers Market.
 
You can lower your pesticide exposure by nearly 80% by simply avoiding the top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables.
 
These rankings are based on the pesticide levels reported by the FDA and USDA Pesticide Testing Program.
 
 Vegetables and Fruit that you really need to buy organic:
 
 Celery
 Peaches
 Strawberries
 Apples
 Blueberries
 Nectarines
 Bell Peppers
 Spinach
 Kale
 Cherries
 Potatoes
 Grapes
 
Vegetables and Fruits that you can still buy them non organic:

Onions
 Avocado
 Sweet Corn
 Pineapple
 Mango
 Sweet Peas
 Asparagus
 Kiwi
 Cabbage
 Eggplant
 Cantaloupe
 Watermelon
 Grapefruit
 Sweet Potato
 Honeydew Melon
 
You can see the complete list of 49 here.
 
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