Why Organic Is Best!

I strongly believe that Organic Food is the best options for our children and our families, and here are 5 simple reasons why.

Nutrition
Organic foods and ingredients contain higher levels of vitamins, minerals and health-promoting antioxidants.

The Planet
Approximately 1/3 of the average consumer’s carbon footprint comes from the contents of their grocery cart. This number could be significantly reduced by choosing organic foods.

Our wildlife
Chemicals and pesticides used in non-organic farming practices pose a significant threat to many species of wildlife as a result of direct pollution of their habitats.

GMO Free
While we still lack a complete understanding of the impacts of consuming genetically modified ingredients, there is evidence it could lead to the creation of new diseases, nutritional problems and unpredictable side effects including allergies.

If you can’t always source Organic food, below is the Dirty Dozen list which highlights which are the worst conventional foods to buy and which are the not so bad.

The Dirty Dozen Plus:

Buying organic versions of the following or from local farmers markets, or grow in your own garden whenever possible are the best options for the following foods;

  • apples
  • celery
  • sweet bell peppers
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • imported nectarines
  • grapes
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • domestic blueberries
  • potatoes
  • green beans
  • kale, collards, and leafy greens

The Clean 15:

Conventionally grown items on the “Clean 15” list are generally low in pesticides, these include;

  • onions
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • avocado
  • cabbage
  • sweet Peas
  • asparagus
  • mangoes
  • eggplant
  • kiwi
  • domestic cantaloupe
  • sweet potatoes
  • grapefruit
  • watermelon
  • mushrooms