Does Organic Really Matter?
This is a subject I have found to be rather controversial. I have spoken with farmers and ranchers, as well as practitioners trying to find the best answer. Due to farming practices, if you can eat organic, that is great. Personally, I am rigid about our meats being organic and grass fed, same with chickens who are producing eggs. It makes a huge difference not just in taste, but in the available Omega 3’s that are in the meat. This will also eliminate the added chemicals and hormones. A movie to watch that discusses the raising of beef in a non-judgmental manner is “King Corn”. It is actually funny, but gives a pretty clear picture of how most of our beef is raised.
When it comes to produce, stay away from the “Dirty Dozen” unless they are organic. This group of produce is known to absorb more chemicals than others when pesticides and herbicides are used. They include: Peaches, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Pears, Grapes , and the following if imported: Spinach, Lettuce, Potatoes. In addition, the cleanest foods include: Onions, Avocado, Sweet Corn (Frozen), Pineapples, Mango, Asparagus, Sweet Peas (Frozen), Kiwi Fruit, Bananas, Cabbage, Broccoli, Papaya.
Buy organic when you are able, as you will minimize added chemicals and optimize farming practices that ensure better nutrient value in the produce itself. My preference is to buy fresh at farmers markets. The food is then freshest and will contain more nutrients because of its freshness, and will need less chemicals because the food is not travelling on trucks and to packing companies. Eat fresh!