With Krista Ehret
Ok, here’s the thing. Everyone has their own opinion on the whole organic food debate. Some think it’s a sham for food companies to get more money; others find it essential for everything in their kitchen to be organic. So I can’t clear up any misconceptions or doubts you may have about the system. I’m so far from an agricultural expert, but I may help motivate and guide you in your organic journey. Here are a few facts about organic produce:
The “USDA Certified Organic” label is mandated, unlike many of our food labels.
Humans weren’t meant to ingest toxic pesticides.
Yes, wind can carry pesticides from one farm to another.
Organic farms often do still use pesticides to protect their crops from natural predators.
“Organic” does not equal “healthy.”
Now that we’ve cleared up a few things, back to the show. Every year, the Environmental Working Group lists the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15”. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the produce with the most pesticides, and the Clean 15 have the least amounts of pesticides.
These lists are extremely helpful for those of us who want to eat as clean as possible but can’t afford to buy everything organic.
Dirty Dozen in 2021
- Kale, Collard & Mustard Greens
- Bell & Hot Peppers
Notice a trend here? The majority of them have soft skin, perfect for nibbling and perfect for absorbing those pesticides. If you can only buy certain produce organic or local, start with these.
Clean 15 in 2021
- Sweet Corn (still buy organic if trying to avoid GMO)
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Honeydew Melon
So, one last bit of knowledge to lay on you. When thinking about reducing your toxic load, you also have to consider the products that stem from these crops; strawberry jams, applesauce, tomato sauces, ketchup, raisins. I buy all of these organic. I can make this sacrifice financially because it gives me peace of mind, especially since half of these things are going into the kids more than myself. Making good decisions starts with educating.
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