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Top Organic Vegetables and Fruit

Organic fruits and vegetables are good for the environment and good for your health. Organic foods contain no pesticide or chemical fertilizers. If you cannot afford to buy all organic food, consider buying the foods listed below.

Must-buy organic fruits and vegetables

Apples. Conventional apples are cultivated with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Scrubbing and peeling apples will eliminate the chemicals. Peeling an apple takes away many of the beneficial nutrients found in the skin.

Raspberries. Organic raspberries do not contain harmful chemicals such as captan, carbaryl and iprodine.

Carbaryl is toxic to humans. It is classified as a likely human carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Carbaryl kills various beneficial insect and crustacean species along with intended pest victims, so care must be taken when spraying where beneficial non-target species are present. Carbaryl is acutely toxic to honeybees, destroying colonies of bees foraging in an area where the chemical has been applied.

Peaches. Non-organically grown peaches contains high levels of iprodine residue. Iprodine is a compound used to kill or inhibit fungi or fungal spores. Non-organic peaches also contain methyl parathion. Methyl parathion is a non-systemic pesticide that kills pests by acting as a stomach poison.

Strawberries. Strawberries that are grown conventionally contain high levels of fungicide captan. Captan is a compound used to kill or inhibit fungi or fungal spores. Captan is known to irritate your eyes and skin.

Grapes. Conventional grown grapes have been known to contain such chemicals like dimethoate, methyl parathion, and methomyl. Dimethoate is moderately toxic by ingestion, inhalation and dermal absorption. As with all organophosphates, dimethoate is easily absorbed through the skin.

Green beans. Non-organic green beans often contain acephate, methamidophos, and endosulfan.

Exposure effects of acephate in humans can include: cardiac responses (bradycardia/tachycardia, heart block), central nervous system impairment, eye problems (miosis/mydriasis, loss of accommodation, ocular pain, sensation of retrobulbar pressure, tearing, dark or blurred vision, conjunctiva hyperemia, cataracts), gastrointestinal problems (abdominal cramps, heart burn, hyperperistalsis), respiratory effects (apnea, dyspnea, hypopnea, atelectasis, bronchoconstriction, bronchopharyngeal secretion, chest tightness, productive cough, rales/ronchi, wheezing, pulmonary edema, laryngeal spasms, rhinorrhea, oronasal frothing) and death due to respiratory failure.

Potatoes. Potatoes however, contains dieldrin, methamidophos and aldicarb, which can be very harmful to your children.

Dieldrin is hazardous to birds, fish, beneficial insects and honey bees. Exposure to dieldrin can cause apprehension, excitability, dizziness, headache, disorientation, weakness, paresthesia, muscle twitching, tremor, tonic and clonic CONVULSIONS, and unconsciousness.

Winter squash. Non-organic winter squash often contains dieldrin (see above).

Pears. Non-organic pears contain high levels of methyl parathion, which is harmful to not only humans, but is also harmful to freshwater fish and bees.

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