26 Mar, 2015
Organic Fruits and Vegetables – Is the Extra Cost Justified?
By Soap Blogger
Here at Simply Soaps, we take an active interest in all aspects of organic living far above and beyond the confines of skincare products. As such, it’s natural that we’re often asked for our thoughts on organic fruits and vegetables – most specifically whether or not it’s actually worth paying the higher price for the certified ‘organic’ badge.
There’s no disputing the higher prices of organic fruits and vegetables and to assume that anyone and everyone could tell the difference by taste alone would be misguided…most wouldn’t know the difference. However, a new large-scale study has recently been carried out in the United States with regard to pesticide use, focusing on which fruits and vegetables tend to be at the most risk of being contaminated by dangerous chemicals during their cultivation and processing.
And while the resulting report didn’t suggest even momentarily that any fruits or vegetables constitute a genuine public health risk, it nonetheless singled out five distinct examples of produce that should, if possible, always be bought 100% organic.
- Peaches – Found to be one of the most likely of all fruits to hang onto pesticide residues right up until the point of consumption, peaches came out as one of the primary examples of a fruit to buy organic only. Or if organic is unavailable or overpriced, tinned peaches were recommended.
- Carrots – Not quite in the same league as peaches in terms of pesticide residue risk were carrots, which according to the report should again only be purchased organic for safety.
- Strawberries – Often doused with all manner of chemicals to keep the bugs at bay, strawberries were found to hang onto residues up to and beyond the purchase phase in their lives. If organic fruits are unavailable, the report suggests going with blueberries or raspberries as safer bets.
- Sweet Peppers – Whether imported from other countries or grown domestically, peppers tend to be pretty high risk when it comes to use of pesticides and resulting residues. As such, organic is the advisable way to go in all instances.
- Green Beans – The report painted a particularly gloomy picture for green beans by suggesting that while great progress has been made to reduce or stop pesticide use with many fruits and vegetables, very little has changed with the growing practices of green beans for two decades. As such, it’s sensible to look for organic varieties where and when available.
Of course, critics would argue that there’s still insufficient evidence to link pesticides with any genuine human health complaints which in turn makes it impossible to say with confidence that non-organic is ‘bad’ for you. But at the same time, on-going studies are constantly linking even standard home-use pesticides and weed killers with all manner of grave diseases – the CDC having recently labeled hundreds of popular products possible carcinogens.
So really, it’s a case of choosing to go with your own common sense rather than rolling the dice with fate. There’s still the slight chance that pesticides will not make you and your family seriously ill, but why take such risks when there are so many gorgeous organic alternatives available?