Let’s face it, buying organic groceries can be expensive. The recent speculation over rising costs for organic produce in British Columbia, due in part to the drought in California and our own dollar losing momentum, is unfortunately only adding fuel to the debate over whether it’s really worth it to buy organic or not. There are a number of health and environment concerns that make buying organic the smart choice. But where should you really spend your money?
Organic food is grown without any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, hormones, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Studies have shown that pesticides, which are really designed to kill off micro-organisms, are toxic and can actually remain in the human body for years. Pesticides are now known to play a role in neurological problems, cancer, infertility, asthma, behavioural problems, and more. It’s logical to want to avoid them as much as possible, especially if you have a family as risks are increased with children and infants. Organic farming is also better for the environment. Those same herbicides and pesticides contaminate waterways and animal habitats. Plus, many argue that organic food is more nutritious and just tastes better. Many of the same concerns about organic produce can be applied to meat and dairy products too.
So what foods should we be buying organic? The Environmental Working Group created an original list of foods to buy organic called the “Dirty Dozen” — recently, they added two more. The list is determined by the potential for contamination. Here’s their recommended list of produce to buy organic:
3. Cherry Tomatoes
6. Hot Peppers
12. Sweet Bell Peppers
13. Kale and Collard Greens
14. Summer Squash
Many of the same discoveries about non-organic food can be applied to packaged products too. Their ingredients come from the earth after all. Choosing to buy organic food as much as possible is simply a great idea for your health and our environment. Did you know that the Hiyu app can help you find organic groceries in your community? You can add this list so you’ll have a guide to spending wisely whenever you head to the produce aisle. Download Hiyu from iTunes or Google Play.