To buy organic or not buy organic that is the question.

I’ve read that there is no evidence that eating organic is better than not eating organic, but how can you really tell? The people who usually put together these types of studies are companies who make pesticides, or they are pharmaceutical companies. Now would they really want to invest in a study saying their products are bad? There are studies, however, that show if you eat food with pesticides your body retains these pesticides.

Even though there may not be a ton of studies on the subject; wouldn’t you feel better knowing you are not stuffing your body full of chemicals and genetically modified substances? Wouldn’t you sleep better knowing you are not supporting putting chemicals back into our Earth to pollute the soil for generations to come? I know, organic food is expensive and truth be told not all organic products are the same. So I say buy what you can and use your hard earned money wisely. Here are the  top 12 foods you should eat organically courtesy of thedailygreen.com

1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Kale
9. Leafy Greens
10. Grapes
11. Carrots
12. Pears

You should also seriously consider buying organic meat and milk. Go watch Food Inc. or King  Corn and you will know why.

Choosing organic is great decision, but even better is buying locally. Until very recently I have not given any thought to food miles. Food miles are the distance it takes your food to get from the location it was produced to your table.  According to ATTRA it takes an average American meal 1,300 food miles to get to the table. Crazy!

I am lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest where local, fresh, organic, delicious food is readily available. Many people here have their own gardens, and can their food in the fall to use throughout the year. No matter where you live you can live a healthier lifestyle that is better for you, your family, and better for our Earth.

For more on organic and local foods check out this great article on HowStuffWorks.com. Bon Appetit.

Photo courtesy of T Ramirez Photography.

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