I recently read on FoxNews.com a new study that recently came out linking pesticide exposure in our foods to Parkinson’s disease. The data was published in the journal Neurology.
The study showed that solvents, pesticides, and weed killers increased a person’s risk of Parkinson’s disease by 33 to 80%!! Holy cow! That is just crazy! This research was gathered from 104 studies conducted around the globe.
With that being said…
What is organic and is it really healthier? Is it worth the expense? What does the label mean? Which foods give you the most bang for your buck?
What Does “Organic” Mean?
“Organic” refers to a farmer who uses natural fertilizers, beneficial insects (such as bees), birds and a rotation of crops in lieu of using chemical weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics, and hormones.
A farmer who has met strict governmental standards can become certified to receive the “organic” stamp of approval. The product has to be at least 95% or more “organic”. This is a very lengthy and pricey process, so you can see why organic products are much more expensive than the alternative.
Is Organic More Expensive?
Yes. Going organic can put a pinch in your budget for the reasons stated above. What’s important…a pinch in your budget or your health? That’s all fine and dandy on paper, but when it comes to the economy, we are always looking where to save a dollar and unfortunately we usually cut costs on the type and quality of food we eat.
Many of your local farmers practice organic processes but can’t afford the price-tag to get the stamp of approval from the government, so look around and you’ll find organic products at a much cheaper price through Farmers markets or even better, through growing your own.
Which Produce Are Most Important To Buy Organic?
The Environmental Working Group published an article called The Dirty Dozen Plus and the Clean Fifteen. They broke down the top most contaminated produce for pesticide residue and whittled it down to the least contaminated.
If you’re concerned with the organic price tag, here’s a list of what’s safer to purchase organic vs. non-organic to help ease the cost:
GREEN LIGHT: The 15 least contaminated produce that are safer to purchase non-organic:
RED LIGHT: The 14 most contaminated produce that should be purchased organically grown:
Make sure to always wash your produce thoroughly to remove the pesticides and bacteria lurking on your produce. Wash well with water or use a dilution of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar.