If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what about the pesticides we’ve been ingesting along with those apples? It’s hard to say, isn’t it? Healthy guidelines from places like Choose My Plate tell us to fill at least half our plate with fruits and vegetables each day.
Yet, pesticides have been found again and again as residues on conventionally grown apples. This, according to government data collected and shared via watchdog Environmental Working Group.
Apples have the notoriety of topping the EWGs Dirty Dozen list that helps consumers understand which conventionally grown fruits and vegetables tend to contain the most pesticide residues. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the President’s Cancer Panel and other health and environmental experts have long been cautioning about the health dangers of pesticides.
No wonder organic apples have been gaining in popularity, particularly among parents of young children who pound for pound are more susceptible to toxic pesticide exposures.
No doubt, the extra value and extra work involved in producing organic apples can add some expense. How can you use #CleanCouponing methods to feed your apple-a-day needs? Here are some suggestions:
- Use store coupons for dollars off your total purchase, so you can make choices like organic apples and use that discount.
- Check for discounted organic produce that might not be cosmetically perfect.
- Shop farmers’ markets or local you-pick farms.
- Sign up for a local food cooperative that might give member discounts on organic foods.
- Be flexible and rotate from apples to other organic fruits as stores offer various special pricing.
- Give up one junk processed food and apply that savings toward organic apples.
- Split the cost of a bag of organic apples with a friend so you can each use half that week.
What #CleanCouponing methods do you use to make organic apples available for your household?