There was an excellent article in Time a couple moths ago- you can read it online here- Eating Better Than Organic. Although it is quite lengthy, I encourage you to read it- it's full of valuable insight and information!
It's time to use common sense and decide when it's best to buy organic and when it might be better to buy a non-organic local fruit or vegetable. For example, you want to look at just exactly where the food is coming from. Is that non-organic vegetable coming from your state or the next state over? And is the organic item coming from clear across the country? Which one would be fresher? And which one uses less carbon miles to get to your grocery store?
And before you hem & haw about all of this being too confusing, too much to think about, or absolutely overwhelming, take the time to be informed about your grocery purchases. Don't let someone else decide for you just because you don't have time or want to think about these things. We must be smart consumers and make smart choices!
Sara at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly wrote about this very thing not too long ago. I am blessed that we have an organic CSA in our town. I am so excited to get our first share in just a couple weeks! If that sounds like something you are interested in, find out if there is one near you!
I did want to share a list of fruits and vegetables that you really should buy organic whenever possible. The following have the highest amount of pesticides and some (like the berries) are virtually impossible to remove even when washing:
apples, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, red raspberries, strawberries, bell peppers, carrots, celery, green beans, potatoes, and spinach.
You can see a very extensive list from the Environmental Working Group with rank and rating score if you click here and scroll down a little.
Now, I must get back to my salsa...
P.S. You have just a couple more days to enter the Mason & Matisse contest!