By now, those that have read my previous posts will know I advocate S.L.O.W (Seasonal, Local, Organic, Whole) produce. I have already discussed why I choose organic produce where possible, as well as ways to find affordable sources. To read more, click here.
What does organic actually mean?
Organic is a term used very loosely by food marketers. This is why it is important to look for food that is Certified Organic. Certified organic foods have been grown, raised, harvested and packaged without the use of harmful chemicals. They are free from insecticides, pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, growth hormones, antibiotics and they are not genetically modified. They are grown by time honoured methods. They are grown with respect to the soil and health of the planet.
Can’t afford it all organic?
I know many of you are still wanting to buy organics but can not source and or afford a 100% organic diet. So I thought I’d post the fruits and vegetables that are commonly known as the ‘dirty dozen and the clean fifteen’, to help you to perhaps direct your organic dollar to the produce that has the most damaging chemical load.
So here is the Dirty Dozen (which has now grown to 18)…
These are the foods that have been identified as having the most pesticide residue (or most damaging); therefore, it is preferable to prioritise the purchase of organically grown items in this list. They include…
The Clean Fifteen…
These generally have the lowest chemical load.
Remember, that local, seasonal fruits and vegetables (either way), are always preferable for the reasons I have discussed here. This list does not take into account chemicals that have ben used on produce ‘imported’ into Australia.
This list is sourced from a US authority. I have tried, but not been able to find an Australian source for this information. I do suspect that we wouldn’t be too far different from this list, but if anyone has anything to add feel free by posting a comment below.
For more information on the above list, you can visit here.