Does Organic Mean Pesticide Free?
I used to believe that organic foods have no pesticides or any kind of chemical sprayed on them at all until I learned that in organic farming very lower levels of pesticides are used and most of them are naturally-derived pesticides. It would be impossible for anyone to grow food and not have weeds, bugs, and different crop diseases around which would decay the crops. But we always prefer organic over non-organic as the level of chemicals is less and healthier for our bodies.
Pesticides used in organic farming have a much lower level of chemicals and are not synthetically manufactured then the ones used in conventional farming. Organic farmers use different types of techniques and tools to use the minimum amount of pesticides and look for more natural options. Pesticides allowed for organic farming include inspectional soaps and horticultural oils for insect management. These products go through severe regulation and checking before being certified as Organic.
But it is not necessary that we completely turn organic and stop eating anything produced from conventional farming, it would just make life more difficult. I believe it is important to have a balance between them. A mix of organic and non-organic food would be a perfect blend of healthy eating for you and your family. According to my research and knowledge on organic fresh fruits and vegetables, I have come across very interesting research where according to a non-profit Environmental Working Group has analyzed the results of government pesticides testing in the US and have made a list of Fruits and Vegetables that should be bought organic and non-organic.
Fruits and Vegetables with high level of Pesticides:
- Sweet Bell Pepper
- Summer Squash
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hot peppers
Fruits and Vegetables with a very low level of Pesticides:
- Sweet peas
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Potatoes
Hopefully, this will help you make better choices while choosing between Organic and Non-Organic fruits and veggies.
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