New York Times: On Going Organic

Going organic might be a good idea, but, it can be a little difficult. Not to mention expensive. So, maybe these tips from The New York Times will help you out. Here’re my favorites:
Peanut butter: More acres are devoted to growing peanuts than any other fruits, vegetable or nut, according to the U.S.D.A. More than 99 percent of peanut farms use conventional farming practices, including the use of fungicide to treat mold, a common problem in peanut crops. Given that some kids eat peanut butter almost every day, this seems like a simple and practical switch. Commercial food firms now offer organic brands in the regular grocery store, but my daughter loves to go to the health food store and grind her own peanut butter.

Apples: Apples are the second most commonly eaten fresh fruit, after bananas, and they are also used in the second most popular juice, after oranges, according to Dr. Greene. But apples are also one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables. The good news is that organic apples are easy to find in regular grocery stores.
The tip about apples is a biggie. Dr. Fuhrman classifies apples as one of the most contaminated fruits around. Get a load of this chart:

Now, if organic produce isn’t around. Here’s some helpful advice from Dr. Fuhrman. Enjoy:
Wash your vegetables and fruit with water and when possible, use a drop of dishwashing detergent and then rinse well to remove all detergent residues for a little more efficient cleaning. Specialty pesticide removal products have not clearly demonstrated any more effectiveness than mild soap and water.
On a side note, I must say, organic avocados taste A LOT better than commercially grown avocados, seriously!
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Kirsten - October 23, 2007 4:16 PM

I wonder if there has been any research done investigating a possible link between the rise in peanut allergies and new or more intensive peanut pest/herb/fungicide application?

In my experience, organic usually tastes better than conventionally grown produce. Best is locally grown (organic), though, or homegrown--garden veggies and fruits are simply divine!

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