Bananas aren’t part of the dirty dozen, so why buy organic? PermalinkWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Every year the Environmental Working Group outlines its list of the “dirty dozen.” No, this isn’t a throwback to the 1960’s classic—you know what we’re talking about. This dirty dozen is an annual list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. The idea is, if you’re not buying organic produce already, you should at least look for the USDA Organic seal on the top 12 offenders. The list varies from year to year but usually thin-skinned produce like peaches, apples and celery make an appearance. Bananas have never been included (that we know of) thanks in part to their thick, peelable skins which, in theory, minimize pesticide exposure. But is this really true? We did our own research and discovered three compelling reasons why organic bananas are worth it.

  1. Social impact nightmare. Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. Yes, this is just as bad as it sounds—but not just for you. The workers on many conventional plantations are often exposed to these toxins. This leads to a host of health conditions including skin diseases and kidney failure. A lawsuit was filed just last year against Dole Food Co., and Dow Chemical Co. by more than 1,000 Latin American banana plantation workers for injuries linked to pesticide exposure.

  2. Not so thick skin. But are those chemicals really a big deal if you’re just going to peel the skin anyway? Yes! The toxins used to grow conventional bananas are not just on the outside. They leach into the soil where the fruit is grown. So even when it’s peeled, you’re still ingesting some of them. No thanks. Organic farmers use natural fertilizers like manure and seaweed, and rely on insect predators rather than pesticides to keep pests and weeds at bay.

  3. Better for you, better for the environment. Organic foods are just better for you. Ongoing studies have shown a connection between pesticides in foods and their nutrient content. You guessed it–organic foods rate higher. But organic is not only better for your health, it’s also better for the planet. Fertilizers and pesticides make their way into the soil and water and eventually the ocean. These contaminants in our waterways are leading to ocean dead zones and blue-green algae blooms that are so dense they can be fatal to marine animals and humans.

At Made In Nature, we’re proud to work only with organic farmers to grow the best tasting, organic fruit on the planet. Our Dried Unsulfured Bananas are tree ripened in the sun with no added sugar or artificial preservatives. Sweet rounds are guilt-free snacking at its best. In fact, our dried bananas are so good they just won Delicious Livings 2013 Best Bite Award for best raw food! So, you know that when you get bananas from us, they’re the best.


Comments (14)

  1. […] My question was Organic vs. Regular Bananas? Here is the answer (Click here) […]

  2. Tim says:

    Are you going to site any actual credible sources here, or are you just going to continue to spout harmful unscientific fear-mongering?

  3. Glen says:

    There’s a funny book by that’s called “You Might be A Zomie and Not even Know it Yet”. I realize it’s not likely the most “credible”, however, it is factual amongst it’s satire. Chaquita banana company and dole specifically were caught in a few scandals. I believe it was Dole who was found to have caused infertility in a number of people due to pesticides. Ironically, it appears as though, Tim, you know nothing about science, appealing to authority, where the concept is simple – if they do use a pesticide, it is a poison, and all poison is poisonous to all life, therefore, it is poisoning you. It’s really simple math and logic and it’s unfortunate that you don’t have a better life education. Maybe you should “opt out”?

  4. John. West says:

    Howdy from the great northwest. The Question I had Was not answered. Does insecticide transfer from the skin of the banana to the fruit if you handle both not washing your hand in the middle? This may be one of the reasons some have banana allergies.

  5. Greg S says:

    The fact that organic bananas don’t have the pesticides is great. But the main reason I buy organic is the taste. I think they taste better.

  6. tony says:

    Nothing is fear mongering in the statement, except when you are the pesticide/herbicide manufacturers.

    I’d encourage organic produce for good health and clean environment.

  7. Brian says:

    The organic bananas taste so much better. They are smaller and it is obvious by the look and texture that it is not pumped full of fertilizer. Do your own research on the use of fertilizer,herbicide an pesticides. If these chemicals do not scare you then by all means eat up..

  8. Sheryl K says:

    What I do know is this..Organic bananas are not as sweet , as a matter of fact they taste totally different than a regular.The main reason I pick organic is my system digests them better.Regular bananas bloat me, not fill me but bloat me and and give me that gassy uncomfortable feelingfeeling.Never, ever happens with organic.
    I can also share that I have gotten ill after grapes and strawberries and other fruits and vegetables because of pesticides. Not fun.

  9. […] (I heard the author being interviewed on the CBC’s Current) a few years back. Also this posting about the importance of choosing organic […]

  10. […] does mitigate their effects, chemicals in a plant’s environment are absorbed in other ways. Made In Nature reports: “Are those chemicals really a big deal if you’re just going to peel the skin […]

  11. debnose says:

    I’m glad we’re finally realizing that the pesticides sprayed on these fruit are leaching into the soil and being absorbed right into the fruit through it’s roots when it draws in water contaminated by these pesticides soaking in the soil with the water! I would also never trust a company like Dole that never cared to provide people with organic fruit before until now that more are becoming health conscious and not spending as much money on conventional produce anymore???? Afraid to lose business so why not fool us? Can’t fool me. I can smell and taste the difference from an organic banana and a conventionally grown one, it’s plain and simple. So glad a preserved my sense of smell so I know what and what not to eat.

  12. Jeanne says:

    Organic is always better for you, higher antioxidants, and less pesticides, and I agree organic produce tastes much better.

    I also think it’s important to think of others, the people who grow the produce, and are exposed to those pesicides, and at least to try to minimize the assault to our environment by not buying pesticide produce whenever possible.

    Thanks for the article.

  13. Bruce Ross says:

    When I eat a banana that is not organic, I have an immediate allergic reaction. On one occasion, my wife purchased some “organic” bananas from the store and I could tell her right away that they were not really organic, because of the reaction I had. With truly organic bananas I have no problems.

  14. […] Also, bananas for ripening at home and then freezing for smoothies or banana soft-serve. This article explains some of the reasons why buying organic bananas is so important: […]

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