How to Reduce Your Pesticide Exposure by 80% by Choosing Organic Produce via the Dirty Dozen
Peggy Bunker of KOMO News interviewed Full Circle founder and chief farmer Andrew Stout on September 10, 2012 on why knowing the difference between organic and non-organic (conventional) is important. Andrew believes fruits and vegetables should be made pure without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which are typically used on conventional produce. Organic also tastes better.
Watch the video below to see the full interview segment.
If you’re on a limited budget and can’t afford to buy all of your food organic, Andrew suggests starting off with the Dirty Dozen, the 12 foods you should buy organic.
- Bell peppers
- Green beans
- Kales/greens (swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens)
(These do not meet traditional dirty dozen criteria but are commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides.)
Source: Environmental Working Group, 2012
Be a smart shopper, many times organic produce can be found for just a little bit more than conventional. Andrew mentions anecdotally that Fred Meyer featured organic peaches this past weekend for $0.70/lb less than conventional. Organic baby carrots at QFC are less expensive than their conventional versions as well last weekend.
What do you think of the dirty dozen? What fruits & veggies do you purchase organic? Let us know in the comments below.