1. Glowing yoga masters consuming oodles of freshly-juiced fruits and veggies
2. A guilt-monster gnawing at my stomach for not buying more “green” produce, given that I pride myself on going green elsewhere in my life. (Woohoo recycling!)
3. Fields upon fields of beautiful, and HELLA expensive, green things.
4. My rapidly emptying wallet.
Which is why, when I recently read an article on Treehugger discussing which produce items to buy organically (and which wouldn’t blacken your soul if you didn’t), I was intrigued. According to their wise and well-researched folks, these foods should definitely be organic:
1. Apples (apparently 98% of apple varieties had detectable levels of pesticides! Ew!)
3. Sweet bell peppers
6. Imported nectarines
11. Domestic blueberries
They call them “The Dirty Dozen,” which I found pretty hilarious.
In contrast, the “Clean Fifteen” included the following winners:
1. Onions (They’ll make you cry, but not because of their pesticides! Heh heh, I kill myself.)
2. Sweet corn
6. Sweet peas
11. Domestic cantaloupe
12. Sweet potatoes
So the running theme: If it’s got a peel that you plan on eating, give it a wash or go organic. If it’s on the latter list, you’re probably either avoiding pesticides overall, or peeling / removing its outermost layer will help mucho in the non-pesticide-eating process. Who knew?
For those of you counting your pennies (and dimes, and quarters … ), I think it all comes down to balance. Remember that not every veg has to be organic in order for your conscience to be clean. Also, going local is just as beneficial for the environment, especially when many small-scale farmers (like the type you’ll find at your nearby farmers market) are likely farming pesticide-free anyway. If you buy some of the “Dirty Dozen” produce at your farmers market, and in season, your conscience will be clear. For more tips on how to make healthy eating decisions, check out sites like Best Food Facts or Treehugger. Go internet! Beat non-informed-consumption-of-green-things!
(Lee Marvin could use some of those organic veggies, huh? The man looks pretty vitamin-deficient.)