Posted: Jun 14, 2012 2:04 AM
Updated: Jun 21, 2012 9:47 AM
There is much more awareness these days of the amount of poisons and toxins sprayed on our food in the form of pesticides. Many people are beginning to buy more organics to shield their family from the negative effects of these chemicals like birth defects, neurological issues, cancer, and issues caused by hormone disruption like infertility.
Many people are concerned about the health ramifications however are convinced that they can't afford pesticide-free produce. Although organics are slightly more expensive than conventional produce, some people are choosing certain fruits and vegetables to purchase organic. There is a list called the ‘Dirty Dozen' which are the highest in pesticides. There is also a clean 12 list.
As an example, apples are the worst of the Dirty Dozen as 98% of conventional apples are sprayed with pesticides. Celery is the second worst as conventional celery has tested positive for 57 different pesticides.
While you can choose which produce to buy organic and which to buy conventional, take into consideration the price difference. Research done by Live the Organic Life shows that on average the price difference in fruit is around $1.59 while the difference in vegetables is only $0.70, on average depending on the produce. If you are a smart shopper and try to catch sales, you could potentially get organic produce for close to the same price as conventional while having the peace of mind that you are sparing your family the harmful effects of the added chemicals.