Friday, October 03, 2008

When to Absolutely Buy Organic

A member of the Sustainable Table group on Ravelry linked to this guide to pesticides in produce. When you can't get local, sustainably grown food, take this to the grocery store! It's also quite helpful if you're trying to eat more organic produce but are on a limited income and want to identify the most heavily sprayed items. There is even a handy wallet-sized card. The full data set is quite interesting (or sickening, maybe).

3 comments:

Beth D said...

This is interesting. I test for organochlorinated pesticides at work so I can relate these numbers to the ones I see in the environment. I wonder what pesticides they are looking at as that information isn't given. Obviously some are worse then others which would affect the ratings. For instance, an insecticide is typically worse than a fungicide and a fungicide is typically worse than a herbicide.

Carrie said...

I wish I had an answer to your awesome question.

Everything on the website just says "pesticide" with no specification. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

How about milk and dairy products. And grains and nuts. Are there certain of those types of foods that are more or less critical to get organic?
thanks