Is Buying Organic Worth it? | Christal Joan

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“Organic food is too expensive.” We’ve all heard this before and to some extent it can be true. For cash strapped families who are desperately trying to stay healthy and off the junk food this can be disheartening.

 We’re all trying to make healthy choices but going fully organic may not be within the budget. That’s what led me to researching the clean 15 and the dirty dozen.

Is buying organic worth it?

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) produce 2 lists (the clean 15 and the dirty dozen) which help consumers decide which fruit and veg have the least pesticides – organic or not.

These figures however are based on US testing and not the UK which left me wondering, do we have anything similar in the UK? Yes, we do!

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK compiled their own list called ‘Pesticides on a Plate’ back in 2013. They went over the worst and best fruit and veg choices in the UK determined by pesticide absorption. And here’s what they came up with, the UK’s answer to the clean 15 and the dirty dozen:

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Wherever you can I would suggest choosing organic but atleast with this list, you have a good idea of where to start. For the foods that aren’t on here, I can only assume that PAN UK felt that they weren’t clearly ‘bad foods’ when it came to pesticide absorption.

Getting the most nutrition from our fruits and veggies is the main thing so, if you don’t buy fruit and veg now go out and buy some, if you don’t buy organic consider switching out some of your non-organic produce, and if you already buy some organic, consider making the switch to all organic.

 Is organic produce worth it? Yes, not always, but most of the time. Supporting local farmers, selling local pesticide free produce not only helps the environment but it will make a big difference to you and your family in the long run!

Do you buy organic? Which foods will you be picking from the clean 18? Comment below.

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