In my humble opinion, I believe it’s best to go organic when buying fruits and vegetables when possible and I also believe it’s best to buy local. Local and organic, that’s what I say!
Think of it this way, would you rather eat nice plump, fully ripened fruits & veggies that were picked at the peak of ripeness just a few days before you buy them at your local farmers market?
OR would you prefer to eat fruits & vegetables that were picked long before they were ripened, only to sit on a truck for a day, or two, or three, or a week before they show up at your local grocery store ‘looking’ ripe?
Hmmm, well I know which one I would choose. 🙂
I would much rather buy the local produce that has had less handling and shorter transportation distances that allow the fruits and vegetables to be picked from their mother plant when they are naturally ripened and filled with all the nutrients that nature intended! Yup, that’s what I want.
Ok, but for some of us it’s not always possible to buy local – especially those of us living in the great white north – but buying local as often as you can will help ensure you get the most nutrients from your produce. PLUS, it’s a great way to support your local farming community!
Yes, it’s a given that organic produce seems more expensive, but if you think about it in terms of your long-term health and wellness, it’s hard to argue with the fact that feeding your body the best quality foods will contribute to better overall health and longevity. And the healthier you are, the lower your overall healthcare costs will be! As Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. So let’s invest in how we nourish our bodies rather than invest in the pills and remedies that doctors will have to prescribe if we aren’t proactive with our health!
That said, I am also a firm believer that we all need to live within our means. One way to help is through the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen chart – this chart provides a list of fruits & veggies that are highest (dirty) and lowest (cleaner) in pesticides. So there are a number of fruits and veggies where it’s not as necessary to buy organic. Using this list as a reference is a handy tool to keep close when buying your produce.