An Apple a Day . . .

By Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP:  Buy organic! 

Is it just me or does it seem like people are more interested in what’s on the outside and not so much on the inside?  I’m not just talking about people’s appearance (don’t get me started on that), I’m talking specifically about produce.  I was at the grocery store recently trying to mind my own business (I say trying because the people most near and dear to me think I’m nosey . . . I just think I’m concerned about my fellow human) and was fascinated by a woman touching and turning and mumbling about the apples.  Apparently the organic apples didn’t look as appealing as the non-organic apples.  She was perplexed because her shopping list had organic apples on it and she didn’t want to buy them.  A lot of thoughts and questions ran through my mind as I watched her.  Are you kidding me?  Do you know how many pesticides were used to produce that “perfect” apple?  Who writes out your shopping list?  Do you know how bad those pesticides are for you and for the earth?  Where did you get those adorable earrings?  Do you know why the non-organic apple looks so shiny?  It was probably buffed up with some petroleum based wax.  In the end, she didn’t buy either.  She just quickly left the produce area . . . I don’t know why.

The Environmental Working Group, an amazing non-profit organization that cares about the health and well being of our little ones and the sustainability of our earth, has done testing on 45 different fruits and vegetables to determine how many pesticides still remain after they’ve been cleaned or peeled and apples are the second worst offenders.  The average number of pesticides found on a sample was 3.1.  And the percentage of samples tested with detectable pesticides was 93.6%.  How do you like them apples?

Voting with our dollars is one way to encourage those businesses that really do care about the earth, the quality of their products and the health and well-being of their customers.  Buy organic (and local) whenever possible.

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  1. Fancy Pancakes’s avatar

    I think buying organic, at least on the foods we eat the most regularly, is one of the basic things everyone should do. Ever since I read that strawberries and spinach are one of the 10 most polluted (I think red bell peppers are on the list too), I try to buy them organic. Strawberries tend to be pricey, so you can always buy them frozen. Organic spinach is actually pretty affordable!

  2. Megan’s avatar

    Girl, I hear you! I am always so shocked when people are all obsessed about the appearance of a raw item of food. It’s like. . .uh. . .have you seen nature lately?
    I think a lot of people have so little contact with real farms, farmers, apple trees, nature, etc, that their lives spent shopping in suburban groceries has warped their expectations.

    Let’s hear it for the organic ugly apple! The naturally produced misshapen carrot! Delicious!

  3. Merri’s avatar

    We have a little vegetable garden in the spring and summer season and grow lettuces, green onions and what we want for salads.
    The difference in flavour between our organic produce and store bought is astonishing.
    I don’t care if it doesn’t look pretty; I know it is healthier.
    It is shocking how people are taken in by appearance..


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