The Green Diet

Tuesday, April 01, 2008
By Abbey Khan
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Want to eat organic, but can’t afford to? According to The Daily Green, there are certain foods worth paying for or you can consider safer alternatives. Here are some of their suggestions:

Meat. To meet USDA standards, this meat can come only from animals fed organic feed and given no hormones or antibiotics.

Milk. Organic dairies cannot feed their cows with grains grown with pesticides, nor can they use antibiotics or growth hormones like rGBH or rbST.

Coffee. Look for the Fair Trade Certified Organic label on the coffee package or can; it will give you some assurance that chemicals and pesticides were not used on the plants. It will also mean that fair prices were paid for the end product in support of the farm and that farm workers are treated fairly.

Apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn’t eliminate chemical residue completely so it’s best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: watermelon, bananas and tangerines.

Strawberries. If you buy strawberries out of season, they’re most likely imported from countries that use less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: blueberries, kiwi and pineapples.

Grapes. Imported grapes run a much greater risk of contamination than those grown domestically. Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape’s thin skin. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: blueberries, kiwi and raspberries.

Lettuces. Leafy greens are frequently contaminated with what are considered the most potent pesticides used on food. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts.


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