Buying organic produce local and in season usually garners the best prices.
Even then, it can be difficult when the price difference between conventional and organic prices vary by so much.
Pesticide contamination is a real concern, especially when these powerful pesticides continue to linger in food (and inside of you) for a long time. Workers that handle pesticides for conventional growing can experience acute side effects, like dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and skin and eye issues. Some pesticides utilize heavy metals which are toxic to the body.
Some products remain contaminated for longer periods of times than others. Some products get natural protection from thick or hard skins.
So when does organic matter the most? Here is a list of 12 products to always get organic (in order from most contaminated):
- Sweet bell peppers
Here’s 15 produce items that are the least contaminated with pesticides that you don’t have to buy organic (in order of least contaminated):
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet peas
- Sweet Potatoes