Organic vegetables

There are many reasons to choose organics. Organic farmers build healthy soil, protect clean water, and use less energy. They raise animals humanely, without artificial hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. And research shows organic agriculture is key to curbing global warming — not to mention the best way to feed the world's growing population.

Organic foods are healthier, too. Science shows they have higher levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than chemically farmed foods — without the risk of toxic pesticides.

Organic systems are creating jobs four times faster than conventional food industry.

Countries with significant declines in hunger and malnutrition — in Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, China and other Pacific countries — all are nations where chemical-intensive and experimental technologies, such as GMOs, are banned or restricted.

The improvements and increased yields are due to improvements in high yielding traditional seeds. In fact, not a single genetically engineered food offers better nutrition or flavor, needs less water or chemicals, or reduces climate change. Organic food and farming do.

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The "Dirty Dozen" (Plus)

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) offers a Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

The "Dirty Dozen" (Plus) lists produce highest in pesticide residues and the "Clean 15" contains produce lowest in pesticides.

If you have to pick and choose, the Dirty Dozen are the ones to buy organic. Learn more at EWG's website.