Should you spend more to buy organic fruit and vegetables? Generally speaking, organic food is more expensive than conventional at the grocery store. However, it seems to be a growing market in grocery stores across the country which means that more people are willing to spend extra for something they believe is better.
What does organic mean?
Organic means food grown without most conventional pesticides or fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients according to the U.S. Dept of Agriculture.
To carry the organic seal, a product must be certified as having been produced according to the federal guidelines.
Why do people choose organic fruit and vegetables?
1. Personal health
2. Health of the planet and society
As far as personal health, there is no doubt that organic produce is cleaner from a pesticide perspective. Scientists still argue whether the levels are sufficient enough to cause harm.
Most organic produce is sold fresher at farmers’ markets. Produce does not need to be shipped cross country like some conventional produce. However, most people do not consume enough fruits and vegetables for it to make much of a difference. The benefit of consuming produce is much higher than the risk of disease from pesticides.
If you can afford it, there isn’t much of a downside to organic fruit and vegetables. If you can’t, don’t worry about it much.
There are Farmers’ Markets across the country throughout the year. I purchase fruits and vegetables from a local Farmers’ Market often. You can find a local market in the National Farmers Market Directory.
If you decide to purchase some organic produce, then go with thin-skinned fruit – leafy greens, strawberries, apples and more. If you are on the fence, you can check out the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list of produce with the most and least pesticides.
Do you buy organic fruit and vegetables?
Do you shop at Farmers’ Markets?