Spring Produce: Do You Buy Organic?

Kim Conte
Food & Party

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Buying all fruits and veggies organic just isn't financially possible for many of us, right? But it is recommended that if you can't buy the following spring produce items organic, then you shouldn't be eating them at all...

According to the Environmental Working Group, pesticide residue found on conventionally grown produce has been proven to cause many adverse effects including cancer, nervous system damage, and reproductive effects. It reports that the following spring fruits and vegetables are contaminated with unhealthy, high loads of pesticides and recommends that if you can't buy them organic, you should stay away from them altogether:

  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes

Spring produce with lower pesticide loads (which are, therefore, safe to buy conventionally grown) include: broccoli, asparagus, sweet peas, and onions. The EWG offers a full list of pesticide loads in fruits and vegetables on its Web site.

Do you try to buy spring produce organic?



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