The amount of fruits and vegetables we eat in summer probably triples from the winter months. There are so many great selections everywhere. If you haven’t gone completely organic with your produce, there are some fruits and veggies that are really important to make sure are pesticide-free. As a general rule, the thinner the skin, the more important it should be truly organic.
Here’s the list of foods that you really need to but ORGANIC in order to avoid intense pesticide intake:
- strawberries, raspberies, blue berries (26 pesticides found on a non-organic strawberry–ridiculous)
- bell peppers
- apples and pears
- green beans
This is especially important if you are making your own baby food. As mentioned in previous posts, chemicals affect babies and children even more adversely due to their lower body wieghts, weaker immune systems, and developing brains. So,so, so, important to keep them as chemical-free as possible.
Local farmers markets and CSA’s (farm delivery services) usually offer the best choices or organic produce. Because the food is grown locally, less pesticides have to be used keep the food fresh. Also, many local farmers are fining it is more cost effective to grow without pesticides.
Organic produce tastes so much better and lasts longer. Make it a high priority on your list to convert this summer, when so many choices abound. Growing a small garden makes this even easier. Even just growing your own tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, basil, makes a huge difference in organic food consumption as well.