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Organic or not?

May 31, 2017

 I hear ya, grumbling about how damn expensive it is to just eat good healthy food. Your kid wants strawberries, good right? Not when they cost $8 a punnet!! A packet of chips would be WAY cheaper!

And now we're all watching the ABC's War on Waste and I don't know about you, but I feel physically ill watching all that produce being thrown out because it doesn't conform to "standards". Give me the little bananas! They'll be just fine!

But despite the cost, I really want food with as little pesticides and other chemicals on it as possible. So, I buy predominantly organic. Sometimes I just can't - money is tight, or I can't source organic produce. But my preference is organic because I try to make choices for my daughter and I that reduce exposure to synthetic chemicals where it is practical and/or possible. 

The Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists ( are a fantastic resource when you are trying to eat healthy on a budget. They test produce for pesticides and pesticide residues and determine which are the most and least contaminated. They are American, but from what I can tell, Australian produce is pretty similar. The Dirty Dozen for 2017 are:

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Nectarines

4. Apples

5. Peaches

6. Pears

7. Cherries

8. Grapes

9. Celery

10. Tomatoes

11. Capsicum

12. Potatoes

These are things to buy organic to avoid most pesticides. The Clean Fifteen are:

1. Sweet corn

2. Avocadoes

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbage

5. Onions

6. Sweet peas frozen

7. Papayas

8. Asparagus

9. Mangoes

10. Eggplant

11. Honey Dew Melon

12. Kiwi

13. Rockmelon

14. Cauliflower

15. Grapefruit

These tend to have minimal chemical residue, therefore making them safer to buy as non-organic.

Check out the Environmental Working Group's website for more information.


Lisa xx




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