Organic Produce: Dirty 12 Clean 15

========The ins and outs of organic produce =========

On  July 11th 2018 Beth Fisher (who also goes by snack mama) spoke to the East Side AfterSchool Program.  She educated the youth about organic produce. Including the fruits and vedgetables that’s most and least toxic when exposed to pesticides.

The dirty dozen and the clean fifteen is a resource put out by the environmental working group To inform the public on when it’s most important to buy organic and when its not neccesary.

Visit their website here for more information on leading a healthy lifestyle: https://www.ewg.org/

Top 5 most important to buy organic
  1. strawberries
  2. spinach
  3. nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
organic produce dirty dozen
This Photo contains a list of the produce that is most important to buy organic!

If you cannot afford to buy organic produce, please do not let this article stop you from eating the healthy foods listed above.  Instead throughouly wash and soak your fruits and veggies before consuming them! This will help with removing some of the unhealthy chemicals.

Top 5 safest to eat non organic
  1. Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pinneaple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
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This is a list including the safest foods to to buy non organic!

She also went into detail on some of the pros and cons of pesticide use in our food industry.

Pros of pesticide use
  • Pesticides act as insurance against insect  infestations, that can wipe out entire crops. Insuring a more realiable produce source.
  • Pesticides protect produce during travel, when the fruits and veggies we love are under threat against other insects that love them too.
  • Pesticides do cost money, but overall make growing food more affordable for farmers, buisnesses as well as consumers.
Cons of pesticide use
  • Genetic resistance: due to evolution, different varieties of insects and rodents are becoming immune to the common pesticides, which calls for harsher and more potent chemicals.
  • The chemicals found is pesticides are harmful to the human body
  • Certain varieties of pesticides contain carcinogens, which are cancer causing.
  • Pesticide use is hard to contain, as organic produce grown in the same area can be contaminated by the chemicals due to pesticides travelling through the air.

The Eastside Afterschool Program’s youth showed interest in understanding why organic food is healthier. Thanks to our donors the kids and young adults have the skills to make healthy and affordable produce shopping decisions and are keen on spreading the knowledge with their families! If you’d like to donate to our youth click the slider