Green Tip: Buy Local and Organic

by Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP: Buy local and organic produce whenever possible. WDAY Green TipsSwitch to local and organic produce to improve your health, support your local economy and lessen adverse environmental impacts.

Organic agriculture is a sustainable way to farm that does not permit the following:

  • Toxic pesticides
  • Chemical fertilizers
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Antibiotics
  • Sewage sludge
  • Irradiation

Instead organic agriculture utilizes techniques such as cover cropping, crop rotation, and composting to produce healthy soil, prevent pest and disease problems, and grow healthy food and fiber.

The most important organic food products to purchase for children are not only those that contain high residues in conventional form (see Guide below), but those that they consume in great quantity. For example, if children drink a lot of juice, purchasing organic juice is particularly important to reduce their pesticide exposure.

Source: Beyond Pesticides

My Green Side’s weekly web pick:

Environmental Working Group

The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.

EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.

EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at

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