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Selective Organic Spending, thanks to EWG

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Organic Produce by: Neal1960
The pressure to buy solely organic produce is heavy.  I am  often debating the toxins and  pesticides in the conventionally grown produce versus the exorbitant price tag of the pristine organic variety.  At other times, the organic version of the fruit or vegetable is unavailable, what to do?  One of my favorite organizations,  EWG(Environmental Working Group) has heroically come to the rescue.   EWG is a non-profit organization “which uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.”  They tested 43 fruits and vegetables  for their pesticide load  and ranked  them based on which ones absorb the most pesticides and those which absorbs the least.  Some fruits and vegetables simply do not absorb high levels of pesticides, therefore buying either conventional or organic will result in very low pesticide exposure.

The top five pesticide offenders are: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, and nectarines.  The fruits and vegetables with the lowest pesticide load include: onions, avocado, frozen sweet corn, pineapple and mango.  For the complete list, click here.

Another invaluable resource by EWG is SkinDeep, a cosmetic safety database, which tests thousands and thousands of bath, beauty, and personal care products( including baby products) for their health and safety profile.  Each product is given a hazard score: 0-2(low), 3-6(moderate), and 7-10(high).  In addition, there is a very detailed breakdown of the ingredients  in each item and the link(if there is one)  of each ingredient to  cancer,  toxicity , allergies, and irritation potential.

EWG unselfishly disseminates valuable information and tirelessly promotes conscientious consuming, making it one of my absolute favorites.

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  lindsay wrote @ March 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

please keep posting!!

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