Veggies that are OK to Buy NON Organic
As more and more of us realize the importance of eating uncontaminated, 'clean' food (aka organically grown), the economics of this demand will begin to make change in the price and supply of organically grown foods. There is evidence of this happening already. Our local supermarkets now stock organic and local produce as well as a line of their own organic brands throughout the store. Organic has become mainstream...finally!
Although we are seeing the price of organic products come down, buying all organic is still quite expensive for most of us. SO, here is a list of what veggies are ok to buy nonorganic:
Asparagus is rarely treated with pesticides as it does not appeal to many pests;
Avocados have low pesticide residue and a thick skin;
Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower & Cabbageall are grown with few pesticides because they just do not work well on these veggies.
Corn (Sweet)almost never contains pesticide residue even though crops may be sprayed with herbicides and some pesticides. Buy LOCAL Sweet Corn.
Eggplant (all varieties) rarely contains pesticide residues. They are selectively sprayed with minimally toxic pesticides.
Garlic has natural pest control and is rarely sprayed.
Onions(all varieties) also have natural pest control so are not sprayed much. Green onions or scallions are sometimes sprayed with an herbicide early in the growth cycle ~ organic is better but nonorganic is ok.
Rhubarb leaves are highly toxic to many creatures including humans so pesticides are almost never used.
Sweet Potatoes are grown with very little pesticides as they do not work well on this crop.
Tomatoes ~ ALWAYS buy local. If you cannot find locally grown, buy ones that smell closest to homegrown. Or better yet, grow them in a pot or in your yard at home.
Zucchinidoes not tolerate many pesticides and herbicides, however the ones that are used on this crop include several known carcinogens. Another great veggie to grow at home.
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