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Not only will you put far less pesticides into your body, but organic food tastes better!apple_web.jpgbanana.jpg

I know prices of everything are going up and up everyday, even food. As an organic junkie myself, I did some research for us and came up with some good information on which items are most important to spend a little extra on and buy organic.
Conventional, or “non-organic” farmers, spray all kinds of toxic poisons onto the food we put into your bodies. When we work so hard at exercising, getting enough sleep, hydration, and eating our 8-10 servings of produce a day (yes I said 8-10 a day!) ;) shouldn’t our fuel be good for us, not hurting us? Conventional farmers utilize human sludge as fertilizer, irradiate their crops, and plant genetically-modified seeds that the human body has never encountered.

Organic farmers rely on natural pest control, nurtured and maintained rich soils, complimentary plant groupings, lunar cycles, etc. They do not use toxic pesticides and do not use seedlings or seeds that have been DNA-altered. Organic farmers use the riches that Nature gives us. It is good for the crops, for the water we drink and the water stills in the ground, for the ocean, for the rain, and for the air we breathe.

Here I comprised a list of the produce that we should consume organic:

Peaches -Listed as the worst with the highest levels of pesticides of all conventional produce. A recent FDA study cited peaches for above-average rates of illegal
pesticide violations .
Strawberries – The strawberries you buy in the supermarket are the 2nd most heavily contaminated fruit or vegetable in the U.S., according to another 1993 EWG study. Seventy percent of all strawberries tested contained at least one pesticide, and 36 percent contained two or more.
Rice – An incredible 70 to 80 percent of the world’s calories come from rice. Both water-soluble herbicides and insecticides have contaminated groundwater near rice fields in California’s Sacramento River valley.
Milk – Many dairy companies inject their cows with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH)-a genetically engineered hormone used to boost milk production. The more antibiotics used to treat these cows, the higher chance of antibiotic residue in the milk.
CornEvery year, Americans eat an average of 11 pounds of corn, which is one of the four crops that provide the basis of 90 percent of the manufactured food in American supermarkets. About 50 percent of all pesticides, by weight, are applied to corn in the U.S.
Apples - Domestic apples have more than 65 percent as much pesticide contamination as strawberries, and that’s after the heavily publicized 1980s battle that banned use of the carcinogenic growth regulator Alar.

and still more…

Raspberries
Grapes
Cherries
Spinach
Lettuce
Peppers
Pears
Celery
Green Beans
Carrots
Potatoes
Cucumbers

There are some fruits and veggies that are ok without going organic:

Avocados, bananas, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, papaya, and mangoes all have thick skins that the pesticides do not get through. And cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, and onions have a lower disease and pest threat so fewer pesticides are used. But remember it is very important to wash all produce thoroughly.

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