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Organic vs. Conventional

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Price is a critical deciding factor when it comes to our food choice. When I initially decided to go organic, I did it gradually. I started with fresh food and vegetables and over time have incorporated other dry goods and ingredients such as cooking oils, grains, lentils and spices. It is a conscientious decision to support local organic and biodynamic farmers and producers as much as possible.

If you would like to introduce some organic produce in your diet but not sure where to begin, start small. Some fruits and vegetables are more susceptible to pesticide than others, and these are the ones you want to go organic.

Fruits and vegetables that generally do not need peeling tend to be more susceptible to pesticide, and organic would be the better option for the following:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Nectaries
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Conventionally produced fruits and vegetables that require peeling prior to consumption is less susceptible to pesticide:

  • Avocados
  • Cabbages
  • Cantaloupes
  • Eggplants
  • Kiwis
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Pineapples
  • Watermelons

A full list of produce can be found at the Environmental Working Group site.


About Urban permaculturist

I have an interest in sustainability; from food security to renewable energy. I am also a keen food gardener and vegetarian cook. For more information, check out my blog at:


4 thoughts on “Organic vs. Conventional

  1. Some fruits and vegetables are more susceptible to pesticide than others, and these are the ones you want to go organic.

    Posted by urban writers colony | April 8, 2011, 5:06 pm
  2. Just started on organic. Price is a worry but will follow your advice on peeling and organic. Very informative.

    Posted by best cookware set | April 28, 2011, 10:05 pm
    • Once a upon a lifetime, all food was organic. But today organic food, which is real food, needs to be certified. The more we buy organic local food, the more support we give to local farmers and hopefully price will come down a bit but it will never be to the level of conventional mass produced food because organic as a food producing sector is not subsidised by the governments. I am optimistic that things will change. Thanks for dropping by. I like your site. I find it useful and informative.


      Posted by Urban permaculturist | April 29, 2011, 12:06 pm

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