Tips + Trade-Offs continued...
I gladly pay the premium for organic milk — $3.69 a half gallon versus $1.99
for regular milk — since I'm concerned about the possible long-term human
effects of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a synthetic hormone given
to conventional dairy cattle to increase milk production. If you have limited
funds to spend on organic produce, focus on the fruits and vegetables whose
conventionally grown counterparts are most likely to contain high pesticide
residue levels. According to the Environmental Working Group, this list
includes apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines,
peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, and strawberries. Visit
ewg.org for a free produce wallet guide.
Consider joining a community-supported agriculture group. Members contribute to
the up-front costs of a local organic farm in exchange for a weekly share of
the harvest during the growing season (go to nal.usda.gov/afsic/csa).
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