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From: Danielle (
Subject:         When is it OK to eat conventional produce?
Date: May 11, 2013 at 3:29 am PST

Hi Doug,

I've been pretty close to 100% organic for many years now. Been living in
California for past decade and never have been known to skimp on food
quality regardless of prices.

But now I'm living part-time in Berlin, Germany, and the cost of organic
fruit is astronomical here. I can't even justify it to myself at the moment.
Especially because recently I saw the "Clean Fifteen" list of foods which
have been tested to have an especially low pesticide load. I learned that I
now feel pretty OK about buying conventional pineapple and mangos,
and also on the list are melons (some version of list say cantaloupe,
others say watermelon, so I'm not sure if this is just melon in general or
one kind) as well as kiwis.

So in addition to this list, I started wondering whether I should also
include other thick-peeled fruits such as citrus, all melons, and baby
bananas (I know too much about heavy spraying of regular bananas, but
I'm not sure about the babies).

I don't want to compromise my health, but it seems like compromising
in this way to eat some conventional thick-skinned fruits and stick to
organic for the other fruits and for greens, would be better than going
back to only part-raw.

I would really value your opinion on this matter. I know you travel a lot
and can probably understand the pros and cons and weighing the whole


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