Organic produce is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The benefits of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables are well known. They are nutrient rich and can help prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease. But if you’re not choosing food that is grown responsibly, you will also be ingesting chemicals and pesticides that carry health risks ranging from skin irritation to hormone disruption to cancer.
Many, but not all CSAs are organic. Some may use sustainable farming practices, which are similar to organic but they aren’t certified organic by the government, and some may use conventional farming practices. I’ve found that farmers are more than happy to talk about their growing practices, which can help you make informed decisions about where to buy.
Outside of your CSA, you should also consider buying organic fruits and veggies whenever you can. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an excellent resource for helping you choose wisely. Their Clean Fifteen™ and Dirty Dozen™ lists were created to help you reduce your exposure to pesticides.