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Eating Organic

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Choose Organic
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.

Buy Local
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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