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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredSome organic foods are worth the extra money, including veggies and fruits. Pesticides used in agriculture -- and on lawns and in homes -- can increase the risk for everything from Parkinson's disease to childhood cancers and diabetes. Limit your family's exposure by choosing organic versions of the Dirty Dozen (the Environmental Working Group's annual list of produce with the highest levels of pesticides): apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, spinach, imported nectarines and grapes, U.S.-grown blueberries, lettuce, cucumbers, and potatoes.
Organic foods have not been shown to be healthier or more nutritious than conventionally grown/raised foods.
Studies have shown that organic farming can help the environment by reducing pesticide use, energy use, greenhouse emissions, and by increasing biodiversity in fields. Unfortunately, organic foods tend to cost more. For example, organic produce can cost around five to about 70 percent more than conventional grown/raised foods.
The choice is yours!