When To Go Organic
It’s the perennial question – whether or not to spent the extra money on buying organic. If you’ve ever watched your hand hover over the organic veg in the supermarket only to decide that it’s not worth the extra pennies, then you’re not alone. There’s no escaping the fact that organic is more expensive and that many of us just can’t afford it, but then there’s always that nagging sense of “what am I putting into my body that really shouldn’t be there?”
Do Pesticides Cause Harm?
A review of existing scientific evidence was commissioned by the European Parliament and showed that consuming food containing high levels of pesticides has an adverse effect on the brain, with another study indicating that pesticides account for the loss of nearly 13 million IQ points yearly across the EU. The potential effect of pesticides on diseases like Parkinson’s has also been well researched and the findings are worrying. Although traces of pesticides are often deemed to be under international safety levels, this doesn’t take into account the cumulative effect of ingesting many different kinds of pesticides in even small amounts. Food for thought indeed.
So, what’s the answer?
The campaigning charity Pesticide Action Network, or PAN UK for short, says that although around 60% of fruit and veg contains pesticide residue, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach when it comes to the crunch with some foods being significantly better, or worse, than others. Prif, or the Expert Committee on Pesticides in Food, provides independent advice to the government on the monitoring of pesticide residues in food and is a good place to start when working out which foods it’s best to go organic with.
Here’s a list of foods where you should definitely consider buying organic followed by ones where you can opt for non-organic without worrying too much.
The Baddies – go organic!
Nectarines and Peaches
Lemons and limes
Spring greens and Kale
The Goodies – this is where you can save your pennies
Honeydew and Cantaloupe Melon