"Organic Essentials Guide" Released by The Organic Center
A new complimentary pocket guide can help consumers avoid the high-risk fresh produce during the summer and winter season.
Do you know that the greatest risks from pesticides in the diet come from eating conventionally produced fruits and vegetables? A new complimentary pocket guide can help consumers avoid the highest-risk fresh produce during both the summer season and winter, when a significant share of fresh produce is imported.
Available for free download at The Organic Center's Web site, the "Organic Essentials" pocket guide presents lists of conventional fruits and vegetables that the Center has determined pose the most significant pesticide-related risks and – therefore – are the most critical produce items for consumers to purchase as organic.
In the wallet-sized four-fold guide, "Organic Essentials" offers two lists covering domestically grown fruits and vegetables that pose the greatest pesticide dietary risks, while two other lists apply to imported produce that typically enters the U.S. market in the wintertime.
Consumers eagerly want to know more about the healthful benefits of organic food and farming. Too often, in the bustle of the grocery aisles, they don't have the time or the information to make the most appropriate purchases," said Dr. Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist with The Organic Center. "We hope consumers will download the guide and put it in their wallets so they will have at their fingertips information on the most important organic produce to buy to reduce pesticide risks to themselves and their families."
The non-profit Organic Center (organic-center.org) generates and advances peer-reviewed scientific research and information on the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming. Recent Center reports have highlighted options to essentially eliminate the risks associated with the use of toxic synthetic pesticides in commercial food production.