I not only consider the chemicals that are going to my body, but also the chemicals that are going into the soil, the water, the animals, the insects, and the workers who plant, tend, and harvest my food. Organic is the way to go if you can.
I don't understand the peel eating thing, are you going to start eating the peel because of that article?
of course not, however. Whenever I'm not eating the peel (ie. banana) I don't care if it's organic or not organic. I always assumed that the herbicides and pesticides stayed on the outside because of the plants natural waxy exterior.
The CDC and EPA are great resources for sure!
I have bought almost all of my food organic for 20 years, there is a big difference and now I have discovered what an even bigger difference there is 9in food grown in soil that has been remineralized. The lettuce I grow at home (remineralized) has at least ten times the vitamin and mineral content than any organic store bought or farmer's market lettuce I have bought. http://remineralize.org/
A great resource to look up what is on your conventional vs. organic store bought food is http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/
thanks so much for this knowledge