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Tips For Buying Organic

There are many reasons to buy organic food, however it can drastically dent a hole in your wallet.

The pesticides commonly sprayed on foods are a worry and organics just taste better!

But, there are ways to eat organic and save money.

You just need to know what you should definitely buy organic, because of the foods’ susceptibility to pesticides and those that are resistant.

Non-Organic
Bananas – pesticides stay on the outer skin
Avocado – the thick skin protects the flesh
Onions – they don’t see as many pest threats, which means less pesticide use
Pineapple – it has a rough and spiny skin that protects it from pests and pesticide residue
Kiwi fruit – its fuzzy skin acts as a barrier to pesticides
Mangoes – has a thick skin that protects it from pesticides
Papaya – again the skin protects it but rinse before use
Asparagus – this vegetable faces fewer threats from pests, therefore needing less pesticide.
Broccoli – conventional broccoli crops face fewer pest threats, like asparagus
Cabbage – like asparagus and broccoli, it doesn’t need a lot of pesticides while it is growing.

Organic
Fruits and vegetables with thin or edible skin can be sprayed heavily with pesticides. As a general rule I would tend to buy organic produce with edible skins where you can.

Fruit and Vegetables – Peaches, Apples, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Grapes, Pears, Raspberries, Plums, Oranges, Tangerine, Cantaloupe, Lemon, Honeydew, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Blueberries, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Lettuce, Spinach, Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Hot Peppers, Cucumbers, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes are all things likely to be sprayed.

Coffee Beans – Organic coffee is shade grown and bird friendly. Grown in the shade, organic bird friendly coffee is grown under a canopy of rainforest trees. In these trees are numerous varieties of birds that feed off the insects under the canopy so there is not as great of a need for insecticides. Also, the tree roots prevent erosion and leaves from the trees help provide natural fertilizer so there is not a need for chemical fertiliser.

Dairy Products – Animals raised organically are not allowed to be fed antibiotics, the bovine human growth hormone, or other artificial drugs. Animals are also not allowed to eat genetically modified foods. Further, animal products certified as organic can not have their genes modified.

Meat – Organic meat is free of antibiotics, added hormones, and human growth hormones (GMO). The animals are raised more ethically and humanely, meaning they are allowed to range freely and not confined to pens. In addition, the land that they eat from and live on uses no or less chemicals as well.

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