The USDA defines organic produce as produce that has been grown in soil that has had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. The most common prohibited substances are synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Organic meat requires animals living in conditions that facilitate their natural behaviors and animals not being treated with hormones or antibiotics.
So why should you eat organic? One reason to eat organic is that you avoid ingesting synthetic pesticides. Another reason to eat organic is that you avoid artificial colors and flavors that may cause health issues. Organic farming can lead to healthy soil which helps crops resist disease, avoid drought, and stand up to insects better. Finally, organic foods contain more vitamins and minerals. These are certainly not the only reasons to eat organic. Check out some of the sources listed below for more reasons to go organic!
It is important to wash produce before eating it, especially if it is not organic. But did you know that some pesticides can’t be washed off no matter how hard you try? The list of produce below is a list of some of the worst foods to buy non-organic:
When buying produce from the list above go for organic.
The list below has been shown to have lower levels of pesticides when you choose non-organic.
- Sweet Corn
- Frozen Sweet Peas
- Honeydew Melon