I get it. It can be hard to buy everything organic and/or local. Especially once you have kids. There are some foods that are more important than others, though. Those that are more likely to have high amounts of pesticides and multiple pesticides.
Babies’ and children’s exposure to pesticides is so much more harmful because of their small size and lessened ability to metabolize toxic chemicals out of the body. And since they are still developing and their systems so sensitive, pesticides can cause permanent damage to their still developing brains, nervous systems, endocrine (hormone) systems, and reproductive systems. Pregnant women need to be careful as well in what they consume to protect their little ones and themselves.
If you buy certified organic or Integrated Pest Management (IPM) you know that you are making a positive impact on the environment by not exposing soil, water, and wildlife to pesticides and you know that you aren’t exposing your family to those same toxic chemicals. Local Farmer’s Markets are a wonderful place to find local, organic, or IPM produce and you can really learn where your food is coming from.
Top Ten Fruits & Veggies to Buy Organic:
- Apples (including applesauce)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Leafy Greens- including Spinach, Kale, Lettuce