Organic, Local…why you should bother

Organic. Should you bother or not?

Through the years, since organic became the buzz word on everyone’s lips, we have been told everything from always buy organic to don’t waste your money to only things where you eat the skin to everything in between. So how do you decide?

Well here are some things to think about.

There is the “Dirty Dozen” list of products that contain the most pesticides. Updated annually, last year it became the dirty dozen plus. Included on the list are – apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, spinach, nectarines, lettuce, cucumbers and potatoes, plus new additions kale and green beans.

For more details on this check out www.ewg.org.

Recently I read something from Primal eating guru Mark Sisson that put a slightly different spin on things.

Go organic with any item on the dirty dozen that is a staple for you! If the product is something you eat all the time, then go organic. I hadn’t ever really thought about it like that, but thought that might put it in a different perspective for folks.

Get more of Sisson’s insights here http://www.marksdailyapple.com/top-9-most-important-foods-to-buy-organic/#axzz2JfB2dZ3i

I’m going to go one step further and encourage you to eat local whenever possible.

There are so many reasons to do so.

It helps the local economy. You know where the food is coming from, it hasn’t traveled far to get to you. And finally the best reason ever, TASTE! Local food that is fresh and in season is remarkably tasty! Sometimes we get so used to eating whatever we grabbed from the produce aisle in the grocery store. Something that most likely spent a few days getting here from California, Florida, Arizona with each hour and day sucking the flavor and nutrients out.

Join a local CSA, start going to the farmer’s market on the weekends. Grab a big bunch of kale that was grown less than 30 minutes away and you’ll discover something amazing, flavor! Ever had a Pungo strawberry in season? Pure bliss that those California gems, which look pretty, just can’t hold a candle to.

I could go on about the increased nutrient value in items that a grown locally in pesticide free soil and eaten in season, but all you really need to know is local stuff just plain tastes better!

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