Obviously we would all like to eat organic food all the time but it is not always easy. For one, it is expensive. No doubt about it. It is becoming less expensive and more available to all when stores like Aldi and Lidl are leading the way to make it a policy to sell as much organic food as they can. Although I try my best to eat food that is labelled organic, it is possible to shop at local sellers who work with smaller farms that are not organic but who use organic practices. The certification process is expensive so is not an option for everyone. Here in Marbella we have the organic farmers market each weekend and in my neighbourhood in Elviria there is a fabulous green grocer who has the most wonderful fresh foods from local farms.
Each year there is a revision to the list of foods that you really should eat organic.
Here is the current list for 2018, known as the Dirty Dozen…
strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, bell peppers
The worst culprits are strawberries, spinach and nectarines. Strawberries have been tested to show 22 different pesticides on one sample. 97% of spinach tested contained toxic chemical pesticide residue.
Now personally I would add to this list…
almonds – high level of pesticides and herbicides retained due to high fat content of almonds
beef – treated with growth hormones
chicken – fed chemical laden food and supplements
eggs – chemicals leach into the eggs
coffee – coffee beans are heavily sprayed with pesticides
dairy products – high fat content means any chemicals ingested by the cow will be retained
peanut butter – pesticides leach through the porous peanut shells
all berries – have the highest levels of pesticide contamination recorded for any food product in order to improve shelf life
Here is the 2018 Clean 15 list…
avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, cabbage, onions, sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, aubergines, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe melon, cauliflower, broccoli
These fruit and vegetables have the lowest recorded levels of pesticides.
If buying all your fruit and veg organic is out of the question then these lists may help you decide where to save and where to spend!