Organic. The word alone is almost as big a hot button these days as politics, people are all too eager to jump in and give you their professional opinion on the topic even when its unsolicited. So, what am I going to tell you that you haven’t already heard? What can I possibly regurgitate that you yourself haven’t already been forcefed by social media, politicians, neighbors, your aging hippy uncle who stands strong and swears by tempeh burgers and avocado tofu chocolate mousse!? An opportunity to make your own choice, that’s it!
Produce to buy organic:
When buying produce it's ok to spend a bit extra on organic items, but before immersing yourself in the sea of organic produce that practically drowns out REGULAR produce in grocery store markets take a moment and ask yourself does this need to be organic? What is organic when it comes to food products?
Most foods become “un” organic because pesticides are introduced in order to keep away pests and insects that would otherwise destroy or harm the plants. Later, GMOs were introduced further removing food from the organic realm but that’s a different BLOG.
Using pesticides is so common these days it’s become ubiquitous with commercial farming. Foods with thick skins naturally protect themselves and keep out pesticides, in truth keeping them organic if there has been no pesticide introduced underneath the skin. So, items such as:
Avocado, cantaloupe, banana, and pineapple have thick skins and may be less impacted by pesticides on the outer skin.
Therefore, items with thinner skin should be purchased organic, such as:
Spinach, strawberries, peaches, and tomatoes.
In the end its up to you to decide what’s most important to you and if you can, do your research on company's practices in order to make informed decisions about what you're buying and consuming.
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