Consumer Reports on organic food

Consumer Reports has a good article on the benefits of buying organic. The section on chemical health risk describes new studies that show pesticide exposure through conventional foods is harmful and that an organic diet dramatically reduces exposure. A helpful summary of what and what not to buy organic notes the most pesticide-laden foods.

Some highlights from the article:

  • “Apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, and strawberries” are the worst to buy conventional (best to buy organic).
  • Organic foods are particularly important for expecting mothers and kids (stick to organic baby food).
  • The “organic” label is meaningless on seafood.
  • “Free Range”, “Free Roaming”, “Natural”, and “All Natural” as applied to, e.g., eggs and poultry, are meaningless labels, but “organic” does imply free-range for poultry, dairy, and eggs.
  1. #1 written by pepperedjane February 14th, 2006 at 16:49

    Is there any mention of the vegetarian claim for eggs?

    I’m surprised carrots aren’t on the list of best to buy organice. I suppose I should just read the article, eh?

    RE Q

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