Deciding to go organic and low toxic is an easy decision to make in your mind. Then it becomes totally overwhelming. Where do you start?
It’s easy it start if you start slow. Make it a slow process. Make a priority list and work through it item by item.
Lets focus on fruit and vegetables first. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has produced a list of the most pesticide laden fruit and vegetables. The first 12 on this list are referred to as the “Dirty Dozen”. This is a great place to start. These are the most pesticide laden foods. If you and your family eat a lot of items on this list, then try and choose organic for these (where possible of course).
The “Clean 15” list on the other hand identified the non-organic produce least likely to be contaminated with pesticide levels. This is where you don’t always have to reach for the organic option (unless you want to of course!)
The Dirty Dozen
- Sweet Bell Peppers / Capsicum + Chillies
The Clean 15
- Sweet Corn*
- Frozen sweet peas
- Honeydew melon
- Rockmelon / Cantaloupe
* most corn and papaya is grown from GMO seeds (which is a whole other issue), so would always suggest getting organic here where possible.
To access the full list by the EWG click here.
When it comes to washing your fruit and vegetables (you do wash them don’t you?), water alone will not remove the pesticides. Soak them in a mix of water and baking soda (plus some cheap white vinegar if you have it) for about 10 minutes, then wash clean. This will remove loads of the crap that is sitting on the skin (and you don’t want invading your body).