Tips for buying organic

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice fro parents on buying organic food for your family, and which foods are especially important to buy organic
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Tips for buying organic

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There are some great resources out there. The Environmental Group publishes the "dirty dozen" list, and you can actually download that and put it in your wallet and refer to it. There is also "the clean 15." So the "dirty dozen" are foods that you really want to avoid, unless they are organic. The "clean 15" are the ones that you can pretty much get away with eating conventional or organic; whatever you can afford, whatever you want to do. My rule of thumb, when it comes to fruits and vegetables, is the thinner the skin and the more delicate the fruit; the more likely it is to have a high level of pesticides in it. Anything you can peel, for example, like an orange. If you have the choice between choosing an apple and an orange, choose the orange because you can peel away that rind which contains most of the pesticides. Today, apples -- We always think, an apple a day, keeps the doctor away -- Apples contain over 56 different pesticides, which are in one fruit. You really need to be aware of these things; especially if you are feeding your kids. Look for those downloadable lists, think about the rule of thumb. Also, when you are considering what you can afford, and what you can't afford. I like to use the example of milk. The difference between a gallon of conventional milk and a gallon of organic milk is about $2.00. My kids go through that in about a week. The average American spends an average of $2.00 a day, on coffee. I think to myself, is it worth it to me to give up a latte, so that my kids can have a gallon of milk for a week? Absolutely, it is. Everyone makes their own choices; but when you put it in that type of perspective, it really helps make the case for buying more organic food for your children.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice fro parents on buying organic food for your family, and which foods are especially important to buy organic

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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff blogs as MommyGreenest.com, founded EcoStiletto.com, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had kids. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “Today” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to talk about leading a judgment-free, more sustainable lifestyle. A non-profit consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who range in age from kindergartener to teen.

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