According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic products in the United States increased 12% last year. This is great news as we vote with our food dollars. For example, a purchase of organic produce could be considered a vote in favor of organic farming (or a vote against chemical farming).
Many of us wish we could buy 100% organic produce 100% of the time; unfortunately, our food budgets may have limitations. If this is the case, prioritize your purchases and buy the fruits and vegetables listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen. These are the 12 most highly pesticized fruits and vegetables out there. By choosing organic, you are making a statement about your personal health as well as our Earth’s health.
Download the picture to your phone to remind you at the market which fruits and vegetables are organic priorities. This picture is straight from the Environmental Working Groups 2014 report on pesticides in produce. You can read the full report here: http://ewg.org/foodnews/
Think you can influence which food companies continue to thrive in the marketplace? Yes, you can influence them by becoming an empowered eater and making each dollar you spend on food a vote for the future. Collectively, our individual food choices affect how food is produced and the kind of food that is available to all of us. Let’s stand together in that power.
Review the fruits and vegetables on the Dirty Dozen list. Which ones will you be buying organic?