why organic?

There are many good health and environmental reasons for going organic.

The challenge of shopping organically for your family can seem daunting.
It often costs more than conventional food and it is also more difficult to obtain.

However, if you persevere, the reward is food that tastes better and does not contain the chemical contaminants, genetically modified ingredients and additives that conventional food may contain.

For most people, the appeal of conventional food is all about convenience and perception. As someone once suggested to me: if you walked into your local supermarket and there were two bins of apples, one marked, 'apples containing pesticide residues' and one marked 'apples', which would you buy?

So how do I know I'm buying organic?

Young children in NZ are reportedly getting about five times more pesticide residues in their food than American children (http://www.Safefood,org.nz).

Children are at special risk from any substance capable of causing cancer and nervous system damage. This is why it is especially important for pregnant women, babies and young children to eat organic wheat, fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and butter.

Eat organic as much as possible, but if you can't always get organic, try to at least avoid the foods listed below.

These are foods that have been shown in government surveys to be more likely to have pesticide residues and to have the greatest number of pesticides. It always pays to wash, and if possible peel, non-organic produce.

You can also check out this guide to find out when it's worth spending the extra money for organic fruits and vegetables, and when to scrimp.

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United States - More information on the Dirty Dozen

'The NZ Dirty Dozen'

1.
celery
7.
peaches
2.
wheat products
8.
strawberries
3.
tomatoes
9.
oranges
4.
kiwifruit
10.
lettuce
5.
apples
11.
pears
6.
cucumber
12.
potatoes

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Reprinted with the permission of
The Safefood Campaign Incorporated.

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