They debate over whether to choose organic produce v. conventional is still hot. In my opinion, the closer to what God & nature intended, the better. Organic, locally grown produce is free of contaminates and pesticides that you find in conventional produce. They are also grown to higher standards, focusing on methods that are more sustainable for the environment, which we all should do a little more thinking about.

But did you know?

  • The average child gets 5+ servings of pesticides in their food and water each day.
  • The pesticide Atrazine is so toxic it is banned in Europe, but it is used so widely in the U.S., that it is found in 71% of the U.S. drinking water.
  • Currently, over 400 pesticides can be legally used in the U.S. For example, apples can be sprayed up to 16 times with 36 different pesticides. None of these chemicals are present in organic foods.
  • According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, organophosphate pesticides (OP) are now found in the blood of 95% of Americans tested, and the levels are twice as high in blood samples taken from children. Exposure to OPs is linked to hyperactivity, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays and motor dysfunction.

Source & for more information visit: http://organicconsumers.org/organic/wic-faq.pdf

For a list of the “dirtiest” produce, visit www.foodnews.org.  They recently changed the list around a bit and now I see that KALE (one of my favorite greens) is on the Dirty Dozen list! Well, at least that shows it is growing in popularity I suppose.