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Do you need to buy organic? The bottom line on how bad pesticides are for you

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, June 19, 2012 - 12:22pm

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Kerri-Ann asks: How do you decide which foods to buy organic and which foods to buy conventional?

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Great reference guide. Thanks a mil!

Anonymous

06/19/2012 - 12:34pm

I do generally buy organic for the Dirty Dozen. It's worth noting that "organic" does not necessarily mean pesticide-free. It may only mean "sprayed with organic-approved pesticides." It's best to talk directly with the farmer at the farmers market about their pest-control practices!

Anonymous

06/19/2012 - 1:19pm

I am more concerned about unsanitary fresh veggies, ie salmonella and that new GMO corn than anything. I freeze berries and fruits during "in season" so I don't have to buy imported ones during the "off season"
I don't really go out of my way to buy organic, but if it is available, I will; if it is as good quality as the non-organic.

Anonymous

06/19/2012 - 1:31pm

This still isn't useful information: the lists still don't specify WHICH pesticides residues are on the produce, and to what degree they are toxic. Your article - which I had high hopes for from the title - didn't clarify this issue, it just made a blanket statement that pesticides are bad for you (for instance, as I said before, caffeine is a pesticide.)

Many pesticides have no effect on the human body at all - but some are definitely dangerous; the "dozen" lists aren't useful because they only discuss whether or not there is ANY residue, not what TYPE of residue. The lists also ignore that organic produce is often sprayed with pesticides, and these may also leave residue and pass into the human body - they're just organic-approved pesticides.

If this is a genuine concern, somebody needs to go beyond doing a sort of the USDA's ERS list of residue (available to anybody on their website, BTW.) They need to rate produce by WHICH pesticide remains, and compare that list to the MSDS information on the pesticides to show what kinds of danger actually exists.

Anonymous

06/19/2012 - 3:55pm

Just read the article on the 15 foods you don't need to buy origanic. Too bad you didn't clarify what types of pesticides. What I was most disappointed with was the fact you only consider pesticides a hazard. Corn may have a lower residual pesticide from what is sprayed on it...but what about the GMO corn that makes it own pesticide? What about the fact that most soy grown in this country is GMO - unless it's organic. And what about all the chemical fertilzers? You didn't mention those and for that reason alone I wouldn't buy onions, any kind of potatoes, celery, cabbage or lettuce unless it was organic. If my family can miss 1 or 2 fewer chemicals in their food, that's fine with me...I'll take organic any day.

Anonymous

06/23/2012 - 7:33pm

i *always* buy organic rather than chemical foods and fabrics. but it's not about my health... it's not about me-me-me. it's about protecting farm workers, keeping water and land clean for wild animals, it's about our drinking water, it's about the health of our rivers and oceans (protecting them from chemical runoff), it's about preventing birth defects in future generations, it's about trying my best to support our interconnection rather than killing others for convenience' sake. while most people who buy chemical foods and fabrics don't realize the kind of world they are voting for and creating with their consumer dollars, anyone who reads this now does. every non-organic food you buy from now on will be a purposeful harming of others. that's the awakening i had. so now i try to do better... and i'm sorry for the destruction in my past.

Anonymous

06/26/2012 - 3:25pm

I buy eveything organic. It's the simple way to make sure.

Anonymous

07/25/2012 - 2:18pm

For 4 years I added the whole apple to my daily smoothie until I read that apple seeds ciaontn arsenic. Now I cut the apple in quarters and cut out the seeds. Not knowing the level of arsenic and the potential to cause accumulative effect I figured it best to error on the safe side. More than likely it is a trace amount or it would be causing problems with the folks who are using the whole apple. If it is true, it might be worth the effort to remove the seeds and eliminate the arsenic from our diet.

Anonymous

08/22/2012 - 1:38am

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