Do you ever wonder, “What is the difference between whole sale organic and health food store organic?” The first thing that comes to my mind is price and convenience. Some people love a good stroll at their local farmer’s market while others prefer to get their grocery needs filled in a one stop shopping location. But did you ever think that your organic produce at the grocery store could be something to question too?
Fourth grader Elise did a science experiment with sweet potatoes to see if they would sprout in water. Her results were not what she expected. And she asked her local grocery store clerk an interesting question about her sweet potato sprouts (or lack thereof).
I know organic and local is best, but I never realized the dramatic difference between local produce and store bought produce until I watched the video above.
A little tip I heard is if you cannot include all your produce purchases to be organic, make your root veggies organic because they soak up the most chemicals.
In Elise’s Potato Project, she mentions that the organic sweet potatoes at her local grocery store are sprayed with bud nip. The Pesticide Information Project says that Chlorpropham, also known as bud nip, is used to inhibit potato sprouting, and it may cause irritation of the eyes or skin.
Now I’m not saying go on a food strike from buying organic produce from you local market, but just be aware of practices and get informed on making the best choice for you and your family. And scrub those veggies!
Speak your mind?
What are your thoughts on the video and “organic” practices? What is your experience with shopping for your fruits and veggies? I would love to hear them. Maybe your experience will inspire and enlighten another reader.