Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Organic vs. Conventional (and how is anyone supposed to remember?)

I don't consider us a very "organic" family. Sure, we eat Annie's Mac and Cheese made with mostly organic pasta, and I used to buy to little boxes of Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk when they had it at Costco (cuz that stuff was goooooood), but other than that, we don't do much. The thing is, I want to do more, I really do. Part of the problem is that I just can't buy all organic all the time. It can get really expensive, and our closest grocery store has the world's tiniest organic section. But I can start small. According to the Environmental Working Group (or EWG), you can reduce your exposure to nasty pesticides a lot (we're talking 80%!) by going organic on just a few fruits and vegetables. The rest of your produce can still be conventional.

I am happy to do this. My problem is that I don't have the world's greatest memory anymore, and I can't remember which fruits and veggies are on the naughty list and which are on the nice list. For those of you lucky-ducks with an iPhone, EWG offers an iPhone app with a list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. They also offer a little card that you can download and print out in case you don't have an iPhone. I didn't think it was that cute (sorry EWG), so I made up my own. It is about the size of a credit card and fits in my wallet, and it is kind of cute!

If you'd like a card too, just click on the picture below. Print it, crop it along the crop marks, and fold. You can even laminate it for extra durability! Happy Wednesday, or as I like to call it, Happy Organic Produce Shopping Day!


  1. Milk is a really good one to purchase organic too, certainly more expensive but high up there in importance because of *all of the garbage* that is added into regular milk...

  2. I was just talking to a friend of mine last night about this. Thank you for putting this together! I am going to share it with her!

  3. This is super. Kudos to you for making up your own pretty card! Now I have to make sure I put the card someplace I'll remember... :)