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Eat organic food

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Too many pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in your food? Try eating organic.

Organic food certification requires that crops and livestock are grown and reared naturally, without artificial fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, chemical feeds, growth-promotion drugs or routine antibiotics. As a result, organic produce is chemical-free, often higher in the nutrients and minerals our bodies require, and most importantly, it can taste better. Also, meat derived from free-range and organic farms comes from animals that have been treated more humanely.

How to do it now!

Buy and eat organic food. Organic food is becoming available everywhere. Check your local shops, supermarket and farmers markets, as well as online.

Fruits and vegetables where the organic label matters the most. According to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organisation that analyses the results of government pesticide testing in the United States of America, the following twelve fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels on average. Because of their high pesticide levels when conventionally grown; it is best to buy these varieties as organically grown:

Apples Cherries Nectarines
Capsicum / Peppers Grapes Peaches
Carrots Kale Pears
Celery Lettuce Strawberries

Non-organic fruits and vegetables with low pesticide levels.
These conventionally grown fruits and vegetables were found to have the lowest levels of pesticides. Most of these have thicker skin or peel, which naturally protects them better from pests, and which also means their production does not require the use of as many pesticides.

Asparagus Eggplant Pineapple
Avocado Kiwi Peas (sweet)
Broccoli Mango Sweet Potatoes
Cabbage Onion Tomatoes
Corn (sweet) Papaya Watermelon

Online organic shops
 will deliver the good stuff to your home.

The Australian Organic Food Directory can lead you in the right direction.

Why is this action important?

Eating organic food helps negate climate change by using less transport and industrial energy, reducing nitrogen release into the environment (organic farming doesn't use artificial or synthetic fertilisers) and minimising salinity and soil loss caused by hard-hoofed animals and intensive farming methods. Organic farming has a positive impact on local ecosystems and biodiversity and can even help improve the local environment. Organic food is better for you - try it and taste the difference!