Why Organic?

Supporting organic food production is not only good for you, it’s good for the environment too!  Organic food production strictly prohibits the use of all synthetic chemicals, eliminating soil and water contamination.  It helps preserve local wildlife, conserve biodiversity, fights climate change and reduces erosion.  To learn more about the environmental benefits and nutritional value of organic food production, check out eostre organics.

Eating organic can be financially difficult for many families.  The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen make it easier to fit organic produce into your budget.  The Dirty Dozen are the 12 most toxic fruits and veggies – the items you really want to buy organic if you can.  The Clean Fifteen are the 15 least toxic fruits and veggies – the items that allow you to spend less to balance what you’ve bought as organic.  Each year, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces an updated list.

EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen list includes: Strawberries, Apples, Nectarines, Peaches, Celery, Grapes, Cherries, Spinach, Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers and as added bonuses, includes: Hot Peppers, Kale & Collard Greens.

EWG’s 2016 Clean Fifteen list includes:  Avocados, Sweet Corn*, Pineapples, Cabbage, Sweet Peas – Frozen, Onions, Asparagus, Mangos, Papayas*, Kiwi, Eggplant, Honeydew Melon, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe & Cauliflower.  *EWG reports that “A small amount of corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the U.S. is produced from GE seedstock.  Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce.”  You can get a downloadable version of the guide HERE.  Don’t forget to use your reusable produce bags!

Happy ONE year anniversary Savvy Composting.  Thank you MG!  :)