Green Living Ideas: Eating – Help rid the world of dangerous chemicals used on food
What It Takes: Medium/Hard Time to educate yourself and change eating habits
Eat Organic. If you can afford it, do it. It is good for your health, the health of the people growing the food and the environment.
BUT, ORGANIC IS TOO EXPENSIVE! What can I do???
You can do a lot! Much more than I ever thought. EWG.org figured out how people can eat well on a SNAP allowance ($6.67/day). EWG shows you how to pick foods to minimize chemical contamination and cost while maximizing nutrition. Over 1200 items were evaluated. Details for each are provided in the methodology PDF. EWG hand-picked the best 100+ that pack in nutrients at a good price with the fewest pesticides and contaminants. 1 See the sample shopping list in the PDF below to eat well on $35/week. Be sure to update recommendations based on the just released 2017 dirty dozen and clean 15 lists and price changes. Things change, pears used to be on the clean list but, recent tests show they are now heavily contaminated with chemicals. For every $25 spent on food, spend $6 on vegetables, $5 fruits, $4 grains, $4-5 proteins, $4 dairy and $1-2 oils/other. EWG teaches you how including recipes to make it delicious too.
Buy organic at Sam’s Club, Costco, etc. Their fresh choices are limited, but some of the prices are comparable to non-organic. For example, one lb. of organic spinach, kale mix, or spring mix today were $3.98 at Sam’s Club.
Avoid the 2017 dirty dozen and buy the 2017 clean 15, if not organic.
- DIRTY (most residual chemicals) 2 strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes
- CLEAN – (least residual chemicals) 3 sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit
Buy one organic item per week. Buying just one increases demand which, in turn, will increase availability and affordability. Organic is much cheaper today than it was even a few years ago.
What You Get: Information to minimize chemicals and maximize nutrition per dollar spent. You might even save money.
World Benefit: Less toxic chemical exposure to consumers, growers and people living in agricultural areas. Less use means less demand and less production.
References: 1) http://www.ewg.org/goodfood/ website with methodology
http://static.ewg.org/reports/2012/goodfood/pdf/goodfoodonatightbudget.pdf with $35 shopping list