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When it's worth the extra money to buy organic produce

6:10 PM, Sep 17, 2010   |    comments
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FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Celery is number one of the list of vegetables most likely covered in chemicals. Paul Tukey if safelawns.org says you should definitely but organic celery.

 Apples, pears and peaches are also regularly sprayed.

Strawberries are considered highly chemical because you eat the outside surface.

68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain chemicals.   Many bell peppers are imported from Israel which does not have the  pesticide restrictions we have in the U.S.

More than  85 percent of the spinach samples contained chemicals.  Paul says always buy organic spinach and lettuce.

Even nearly 80 percent of potatoes, which are a root vegetable,  test positive for chemicals because they can absorb the chemicals that seep into the soil from the surface.

Tests done on asparagus show the least chemical residue because asparagus bloom early, before pests become and issues, so they don't need to be sprayed.

Onions and garlic are also considered pretty safe to eat when not grown organically.

As always, Paul says thoroughly wash all fruits and veggies before you eat them, whether they are organic or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are tested results from a recent sampling conducted by Environmental Working Group:

  1. Nectarines - 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  2. Celery - 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  3. Pears - 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  4. Peaches - 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  5. Apples - 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  6. Cherries - 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  7. Strawberries - 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  8. Imported Grapes - 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  9. Spinach - 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  10. Potatoes - 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  11. Bell Peppers - 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  12. Red Raspberries - 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.

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