We have been doing a lot of presentations this semester and one of my presentations is over organic foods.  I never got into the whole organic food deal, but after doing this presentation I have been looking into buying certain foods organic.  Before I get too far into this, I want to share with you the formal definition of organic food.  Organic food is “food grown or raised without the use of additives, coloring, synthetic chemicals (e.g., fertilizers, pesticides, hormones), radiation, or genetic manipulation and meeting criteria of the U.S.D.A. (United States Department of Agriculture) Standard Organic Program.  For a food to be listed as “organic” it must first go through a long, expensive process before it can obtain the official U.S.D.A. organic seal.  If the product has the seal shown below, you know that the product is 100% organic.  However, if the product says that it is organic, but does not have this seal, further research needs to be done on the product before you can truly know if it is 100% organic.


I mentioned earlier that I have started looking into buying certain foods organic, well that is because of a list called “The Dirty Dozen.”  This list consists of 12 foods that contain high amounts of pesticides and would be best purchased organic.  These foods include:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers

I was really bummed out when I first read this list because I regularly buy and eat most of these fruits and vegetables.

There is also a list called “The Clean 15” and these products are generally alright to purchase conventionally.  These products include:

  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet Peas
  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Honeydew Melon

I don’t eat quite as many of the clean 15 foods as regularly as I do the dirty dozen foods, unfortunately, but it is good to know that there are some foods out there that are all right to purchase non-organic.

This post just barely covered the surface of organic foods, but it is, in my opinion, all you really need to know about organic foods unless you just have a burning curiosity to know more.  I hope you learned something new from this and I hope everyone has a great week!