HEALTHY SWAPS IN THE GARDEN
With conventional gardening methods for insect and weed control, pesticides and herbicides can be taken up by the plants and residue is present on the outside of fruits and vegetables.
Organic gardening focuses on healthy soil, and this method of gardening cultivates a complex ecosystem of soil microbes, plants, beneficial insects and pollinators.
Because healthy soil holds more water, less water is used in organic gardening than in conventional farming. Even if you don’t have room in your backyard for a raised garden bed, organic container gardening is a great way to get started. We use the organic products below and get juicy, delicious fruits and vegetables every summer! Learn how to garden here.
Tip: The EWG has a list of the worst food offenders when it comes to pesticide levels, called the Dirty Dozen list. Try to buy organic or grow your own fruits and veggies that are on the Dirty Dozen list: Strawberries, Spinach, Kale, Collard and Mustard Greens, Nectarines, Apples, Grapes, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Bell and Hot Peppers, Tomatoes, and Celery.