When Possible Go Organic.
When it comes to diet and lifestyle, the term organic is commonly used to mean “healthful” or “close to nature,” but more specifically it describes foods and plant products grown without artificial pesticides or fertilizers. In a broader sense of the word, organic refers to materials that come from living things (including non-food products such as cotton) and how agricultural products are grown, handled, and processed.
So why choose organic?
There is no concrete evidence that there is any major difference in nutritional value of organic versus non-organic food so why would I still suggest organic? The primary reasons is the implications to your physical health related to pesticides and food additives, as well as for environmental reasons.
The environmental benefits of living organically are related to the way farmers grow and process food, including vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and meat. Water and soil conservation, as well as the elimination of polluting elements — like fertilizers and pesticides — used in farming practices, are some of the direct benefits of organic farming. Smaller production methods are also better for the environment and local wildlife. And when it comes to the consumers — like you and me — choosing organic products can remove our risk to pesticide exposure. In fact, a Pesticide Induced Diseases Database exists that links public health effects to pesticides. And while washing your produce carefully is a must, there are certain foods to avoid buying non-organic altogether due to their soft or porous skins (making them more susceptible to pesticides seeping inside) such as apples, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and strawberries.