We aren’t going to lie to you – organic anything is going to be more expensive than non-organic. But there’s good reason for it. The quality of organic food is far superior to conventional, in taste and nutrients AND you aren’t ingesting harmful herbicides, pesticides, and all the gnarly other chemicals.
So why does organic matter? Simply put, pesticides are designed to be toxic. They are created to kill living organisms, like bugs. But here’s a thought, humans are also living organisms…see where we are going with this? Studies and evidence suggest that pesticides can be linked to endocrine disruption, asthma and even cancer. A study done by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention detected pesticides in the blood and urine samples of 96% of the 5,000 Americans they sampled, who were age 6 and up. So like pests, pesticides stay in your body for a period of time after they’ve been consumed.
To avoid ingesting the bad stuff without breaking the bank, there’s a solution. Each year, the Environmental Working Group complies a list of their Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables. During testing, the fruit and vegetables are washed and peeled and then tested for pesticide residue. In 2019, it was discovered that our beloved kale was the most contaminated, with a single sample containing up to 18 different pesticides on it. Yikes! In the overall testing, 225 difference pesticides were found on some of the most popular fruit and vegetables that we eat every day.
Here’s the complete list of the 2019 Dirty Dozen List. If you buy these are items, we suggest that you make sure to buy them organic to avoid pesticide residues hanging out in your body.
2019 Dirty Dozen List
You might be wondering – if kale is the most contaminated, why are strawberries the number one contender for pesticides? That’s because even strawberry seeds are contaminated with pesticides due to the gases used to sterilize the fields before planting! From the flesh to the little tiny seeds sprinkled on the outside, you are collecting pesticides when you eat non-organic strawberries.
So if the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away is true, you better make sure it’s organic. Luckily, at Community Natural Foods we’ve done the work for you. 99 per cent of our produce is organic (if you know of an organic lychee supplier please let us know!) so you know that all your dirty dozen items, plus any other fruits and vegetables you find at our stores are free of pesticides.