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Switching to Organics

 

Where to Start

If you are not sure where to start with organics, this summary may help as it outlines some of the products where organics really shine.

Certain crops are treated with more pesticides (which can include different insecticides, fungicides and herbicides). Some of these, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that are found in some pesticides, are linked to certain cancers and disorders.1 Simply rinsing these fruits and vegetables won’t remove all the residue.2 Foods that several different studies have found to have the highest pesticide residues include apples, butter, celery, cherries, cucumbers, grapes, green beans, milk and milk products, peaches, peanuts, pears, popcorn, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, bell peppers and squash.

Comparision Table of Common Foods with Highest Pesticide Residues:

Consumers Union ; Organic Consumers Association (publisher of Consumer Reports) Produce only

Pesticide Action Network (panna.org)

Creative Commons Environmental Working group (produce only)

Dr Greene

US pediatrician

(drgreene.org)

Strawberries

butter

Peaches

Milk

Bell Peppers – Green & Red

cantaloupe

Apples

Potatoes

Spinach

Cucumbers/pickles

Bell Peppers

Peanut butter

Cherries (US)

meatloaf

Celery

Baby Foods

Peaches

Peanuts

Nectarines

Catsup

Cantaloupe (Mexico)

popcorn

Strawberries

Cotton

Celery

radishes

Cherries

Apples

Apples

Spinach

Kale

Beef

Apricots

Summer squash

Lettuce

Soy

Green Beans

Winter squash

Grapes – imported

Corn

Grapes (Chile)

 

Carrots

 

Cucumbers

 

Pears

 

Pears

 

Spinach

 

Winter Squash (US)

 

Potatoes

 

Potatoes (US)

 

Collards

 

 

 

Green Beans

 

 

 

Hot Peppers

 

 

 

Summer Squash

 

 

 

Cucumber

 

Livestock in feedlots are routinely treated with antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic meat is free from hormones, genetically modified feed and animal by-products. Animal welfare requirements insist on humane treatment of animals which also reduces stress levels for each animal which in turn reduces disease.

Organic produce, meats and products are now available in retail locations, health food stores across the province. For those consumers who would like to have a closer connection to their food, many producers also sell locally at farmers’ markets or will take orders. You can find Alberta Organic farmers at our organic directory.

 

1. "Nowhere to Hide: Persistent Toxic Chemicals in the U.S. Food Supply," by Kristin Schafer, Pesticide Action Network North America, 2000 (www.panna.org).

2. "Pesticides: Making the Right Choice, for the Protection of Human Health and the Environment," Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, www.parl.gc.ca, or call 613-996-1483.

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