By now almost everyone has heard some sort of scary news article about GMOs and pesticides that are slowly killing us. But just in case you live under a rock, let me give you a quick rundown of the basics:

The term “organic” refers to how produce is grown. According to Organic.org, “organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.” Organic produce don’t contain any pesticides and they are GMO-free.

One of the most common excuses I hear is “but organic produce is so expensive!”. Yes, organic produce is more expensive than conventional produce. However, you also need to consider the health benefits when checking out the price tag. I understand that is just not possible for everybody to afford buying 100% of their groceries organic. Therefore, I turn to the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists created by the Environmental Working Group! These lists help us prioritize when shopping, by listing the 12 dirtiest produce that should always be purchased organically, and then the 15 cleanest produce that can be purchased conventionally when needed.

These lists are updated every year on the EWG website, here. So print out these lists and take them with you the next time  you go to the grocery store. Save money and stay healthy!

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