Garden Eats poofed onto the blogging scene at the urging of our family, friends and my patients who want to learn more about how to make thoughts of gardening and organic eating turn into something they can really chomp down on! What started in Kath’s back yard has made its way to your plate and is now brought to you by six food and garden loving gals and guys, Kath, Chrissy (me), Shannon, Laura, Ali and Magnus.
The simple and most important reasons to eat and grow organic food are to protect your body, that of your kids and ensure a clean water and soil supply. Organic produce is nutrient dense because of the rich healthy soil it grows in. Eating these foods leaves your body free of pollutants and chemicals known to cause cancer and other serious health related concerns.
The Environmental Working Group recognizes a list of our common favorite fruits and veggies, the “Dirty Dozen,” that are only worth eating if grown organically. Why? Pesticides easily permeate the skin of produce (and sometimes into the seeds) which alters the overall composition and renders them potentially harmful to your bod.
Still not convinced? Like berries? Know where those energy-giving, anti-aging, good for you antioxidants come from? The skin!!! Know where pesticides stick? The skin!!! Strawberries contain up to a whopping 59 different pesticides when grown conventionally. Might want to re-think your next purchase!
Your Organic Shopping List:
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
A few that don’t fall on the “Dirty Dozen” list yet still contain an appreciable amount of pesticides:
- Full of flavor, just came from the ground
- Nutrient dense soil
- Keeps $$$ in your local economy
- Builds community relationships
- Reduces mono-cropping, keeps fruits and veggies from becoming extinct
- Over-tilling eliminated (allowing for nutrients to build back up in the ground to enrich the next season’s crops)
- Allows us to consume varietal foods offering a multitude of vitamins and minerals
- Saves fossil-fuels eliminating environmental hazards from food transportation
- Swiss Chard
- Tomato Varietals
- Lettuce Varieties
- Kaffir Lime
- Snap Peas
- Green Beans