What To Buy Organic

Only in an ideal world could every single food purchase be organic, which is why the below lists can really come in handy. These reflect two important factors to consider – high levels of pesticide residue and genetically modified crops – both of which can be avoided when buying organic. And be sure to put these lists into practice beyond just the produce section. For example, with apples being at the very top of the dirty dozen list, I am sure to buy organic applesauce and apple juice as well. Plus with the majority of additives found in processed food being derived from corn and soy (both on the GMO crop list), that is another area where buying organic is key. Or better yet, just avoid the additive-filled, chemical-laden, factory-made junk all together. :) That’s just my two cents!

Be sure to check out The Environmental Working Group and Non-GMO Project for more info, and click the image below to download a free printable, wallet-sized PDF version.

What To Buy Organic

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  • Comments

    1. Amy H |

      This may sound like a ridiculous question, but if I don’t know, I must ask! When buying corn and summer squash/zucchini, in what form do I need to buy those organic because of GMO’s? It is just when buying them frozen or canned, or does this apply to fresh corn and zucchini/squash? I was just thinking about this the other day, with all of the information on Monsanto and their use of GMO’s, especially with corn. The use of the word “crop” makes me think I do need to buy organic for these fresh items, but I could be wrong.

      We generally grow our own zucchini, but corn is another story. I like to buy the fresh stocks in the summer and cut them off the cobb and freeze. Thanks for any information you are able to provide.

    2. Andrea |

      Seeing Citric Acid listed in Common ingredients derived from GMO risk list makes me think about the tins of Chopped tomatoes I buy. Other than the tomatoes it’s the only other ingredient. Does this mean they are not advised?? Don’t know where else (in UK) I could buy them just as they are with out Citric Acid.

        • Andrea |

          Hi and thank you. Unfortunately here in UK GNP listed foods I have never seen. Not a common occurrence here yet. I will ensure to buy organic at least. Many thanks.

    3. Paula |

      Hi, Are the dirty dozen and GMO lists likely to apply in countries outside the USA?

      • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

        Hi Paula. No, it does not apply to other countries. ~Amy

    4. alicia |

      what size loaf does this make?

    5. Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi. Are you referring to the whole wheat loaf? It is about 2lbs.

    6. Sara |

      It is impossible to avoid chemicals or we wouldn’t exist! Also you are misleading people when you say that organic means no pesticides are sprayed. In fact many organic crops are sprayed with organic pesticides. This is not better or worse just a different farming method. All pesticides are tested and must meet safety regulations. It is the dose and form that are important. For example extremely high rates of organic manure can be detrimental. farmers – organic and conventional- work carefully to use the right rates and farming practices to provide healthy, safe food in a sustainable way. Also it does frustrate me when people want to avoid genetically modified food that uses a very precise science to alter or insert a gene yet have no problem eating an organic food that may have been developed or altered using mutagenesis- which can occur naturally or the result of a mutagen such as irridation. Yes let’s eat healthy but also get educated so your decisions are based on fact not someone like food babe who Uses fear mo gearing to drive her own agenda!

      • Diane |

        I do not see reply to Sara April 4, 2015 @ 3:50PM

        • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

          Hi Diane. She wasn’t asking a question but rather making a statement to express her opinion.

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