I have bought things from the local farmers at the farm markets in the summer. Several of the vendors at the local farm markets are certified as organic, but most of them use organic methods, they just haven't been certified. The fruits and vegetables they sell are usually picked fresh that day or the day before. You can't get much fresher than that.
I have being doing a little research on organic products and why I should use them instead of chemically produced foods.
I think the biggest deterrent for my purchasing organic is cost. In researching, I found one reason for the additional cost is that organic is more labor intensive. Another big reason for organic's higher cost is that the government does not subsidize organic farmers. This is something that needs to be changed. We need to subsidize the farmers who are producing the healthier products!!
According to my research there are some foods that should only be purchased as organic due to the large use of pesticides that remain on these foods. The federal government tests the products and decide how much pesticide is allowed. I don't like the idea of eating any pesticide. How about you?
The following list are products that are high in pesticide. They are termed the "Dirty Dozen". In this case the list has 13 items.
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines (Imported)
- Green Beans
- Blueberries (Domestic)