Organic Foods on a Budget (cont.)
Alternatives to Organic Foods
Foods don't have to be organic to be safe and environmentally friendly. Buying produce in season, and foods that have been locally grown, are other ways to eat healthfully while looking out for the Earth.
Produce from local farmers markets may not be organic, but is often fresher than the same foods from a supermarket and may have less impact on the environment. An added bonus: Foods from local markets require little packaging other than a container to help you get them home.
Other options for fresher food that is also kinder to the planet:
When organic vegetables and fruits are not affordable or available, you can reduce the risk of pesticide residue on conventional fruits and vegetables with the following tips:
Keep in mind that whether you choose locally grown foods, organic foods, or conventional foods from your grocery story, experts agree that the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables far outweighs the potential risks from pesticide exposure.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD and the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.
Published September 2008.
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