organic food to eat

Organic Food To Eat, And What You Don’t Need To Buy

organic food to eat

Organic food has been scientifically cited as being better for you but can be more expensive to buy, so I’ve been doing a little research into what organic food to eat and which organic food you don’t need to buy.  That research led me to the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK), who published the best and worst food in the UK for pesticide residues.

In my list of organic food to eat, I’ve listed the foods that PAN UK found to have the highest levels of pesticide residues.  These are the ones that are worth spending a little bit more money on for the organic versions.  For example, 90% of pears that PAN UK sampled were found to have pesticide residues, and that figure is 89% for apples and 88% for grapes.

In the list of organic foods you don’t need to buy, I’ve listed the foods that they found to have the lowest levels of pesticide residues.  Here you can save your money and buy the regular non-organic versions.

If you’re a Moral Fibres US reader then do check out the Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides for information for your area.

Organic Food To Eat

Apples
Apricots
Beans in a Pod
Carrots
Citrus Fruits
Courgettes & Marrows
Cucumber
Grapes
Lettuce
Nectarines
Parsnips
Peas in a Pod
Pears
Peaches
Pineapple
Strawberries
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Yams

Organic Food You Don’t Need To Buy

Aubergines
Bananas
Celery
Chili
Corn on the Cob
Ginger
Kiwi Fruit
Leeks
Melons
Onions
Peppers
Plums
Potatoes
Raspberries
Spinach
Star Fruit

I’d always try and buy local (or at least British grown) and seasonal produce though, where possible.

One thought on the list: I’m not sure about fruits with skin on them.  For example, PAN UK found that 100% of soft citrus fruit that they tested had pesticide residue.  I’ve always been of the opinion that as you’re peeling them, and have no intention of zesting them, then you don’t need to buy organic citrus fruit.  What do you think?

9 comments

  1. Why isnt bananas, melons and potatoes on the list of what you need to buy Organic? Multiple authoreties state that these are some of the worst

    Kind regards “Organic mom”, swedish Organic lifestyle blogger

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    • I’m not sure of PAN UK’s methodology, but I did read on the US Environmental Working Group site that I linked to in the post that interestingly potatoes are part of their “dirty dozen”, whilst melon was part of their “Clean 15”. Bananas are ranked closer to their Clean 15 than the Dirty Dozen. Perhaps different countries, different methodologies? Perhaps UK potatoes need less pesticides to grow here? We can grow potatoes on our allotment without even trying to! ;)

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  2. I’m real sorry but buying organic is not just about the pesticides you get into your body when you eat the fruit and veg that have lots of pesticide residue.
    Buying organic is also about the environment and organic farming is better at all times so it makes sense to buy everything organic but, of course, additionally also regional and seasonal.
    It can be a tough choice and maybe a small choice of fruit and veg but it’s worth it.
    And bananas and other exotic fruit should also be fair traded in addition to organic.
    I think it’s really worth it for all our sakes.
    Kind regards, Sandra from Austria

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    • Of course Sandra, I completely and utterly agree with you. It’s just sometimes when you’re trying to feed a family on a small budget that you can’t always afford to buy everything organic and sacrifices have to be made somewhere. In an ideal world this wouldn’t be the case.

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  3. Thank you for this, I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently, it doesnt get mentioned as much as it used to. Lots of food writers talk about clean eating etc but never mention pesticides on all that fruit and veg.

    I try to buy everything organic because I’ve got M.E. and it has been linked with pesticide use. I cant afford it really but I cut back on other things. I have an allotment and my neighbour just sprayed her whole plot with Glyphosate :( I know the jury is still out about glyphosate use, but when you’re ill for a long time you question everything you come into contact with.

    This Soil Association has a good article here about Bread: https://www.soilassociation.org/better-food/our-campaigns/not-in-our-bread/

    Also I worry about pesticides being sprayed in the countryside and damaging wildlife / getting into the water supply etc, like DDT in the 50s.

    The EU may (or may not) ban glyphosate in a year or so, but by then we may not be in the EU, I cant imagine a Conservative government prioritising it.

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  4. This is interesting and the fact that organic food is more expensive irks me greatly. I do actually always buy organic bananas simply because they taste so much better. As for other produce I grow much of my own (organically of course) but I do buy sweet potatoes and nectarines that are not organic and I have never seen the former on sale organically.

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  5. This is interesting and the fact that organic food is more expensive irks be greatly. I do always buy organic bananas simply because they taste so much better. As for other produce I grow much of my own (organically of course) but I buy sweet potatoes and nectarines that are not organic and I have never seen the former on sale organically.

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