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When to Choose Organic

While some foods, such as packaged organic tomatoes and refrigerated soy milk, cost only a little more than their conventionally grown counterparts (14 percent and 21 percent, respectively), the price of other organic items, such as eggs and packaged fresh spinach, can be almost triple. "Future price changes depend on supply and demand, though prices for organic products are likely to decline as more appear in the market," says Carolyn Dimitri, PhD, of the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If you're concerned about toxic pesticides and fertilizers, one way to manage the expense is to limit your organic purchases to fruits and vegetables that have the highest chemical load when conventionally grown. The dirty dozen, so called by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization (starting with the worst): peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach, and potatoes.

 

It also helps to use a little common sense, says Susan Moores, RD, a nutrition consultant in St. Paul, Minnesota. Buy organic versions of foods whose skins are highly nutritious, and that you're likely to eat. The same goes for fruits whose outer layer you don't tend to remove, like plums, and leafy greens such as spinach and kale that have a large surface area that could be exposed to synthetic pesticide sprays. Conversely, the thicker the peel or rind, as on a watermelon, the safer you probably are going conventional.

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VeganMonster wrote:

I agree with both of you! Raising animals for food uses unheard of amounts of the planets resources so this is not something you can ignore if you truly care about the planet! Don't believe me? Please research this! And alexkoy- being a vegetarian is a great start but if you're doing it because you care about animals then you should definitely consider transitioning in a vegan, the completely cruelty-free decision! Let's all show God's earth and animals the respect they deserve!

3/10/2012 09:00:55 PM Report Abuse
nconner6 wrote:

Couldn't agree with alexkoy more! To get more greens go here: www.charleneralph.vemma.com/

11/24/2011 05:08:29 PM Report Abuse
alexkoy wrote:

I READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT EATING GREEN..WHEN SOMEBODY WANTS TO TURN GREEN ITS MOST IMPORTANT TO BECOME A VEGETERIAN..NOT ONLY BECAUSE ITS GOOD FOR THE ENVIROMENT,BUT ALSO BECAUSE ECO LIFE INCLUDES RESPECT FOR ANIMALS..THAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOUR ARTICLE FORGOT TO MENTION

2/8/2010 12:46:29 AM Report Abuse

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