i posted links to this information before for hope4eva77, but here’s a concise form. if you don’t buy entirely organic but can buy SOME things organics, this is a guideline for what’s more important, in terms of pesticides.
also, the only genetically modified food items currently on the market for human consumption in the US are corn, soy, canola, cottonseed oil, papaya, zucchini, sugar beets, and pineapple, to the best of my knowledge. zucchini is the only one of these that is allowed in any amount on the candida diet, so if you’re concerned about gmo’s specifically, choose organic zucchini. by and large, the major difference between most organic and non-organic vegetables isn’t genetic modification, but the fact that non-organic vegetables are sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides over the course of their growing period. these chemicals tend to be hormone-disrupters, carcinogens, neurotoxins…lots of crazy things. of course, genetically modified crops are typically sprayed with an even greater amount of these chemicals, since they’re often engineered to withstand a higher concentration.
animals that are consumed as food are fed gmo crops unless specifically stated otherwise. the chemicals accrue in their fatty tissues and are passed on to you when you choose to eat their flesh. as hope points out, they’re also often fed antibiotics to keep them alive in crowded concentrated feeding operations. ammonia is used to “wash” the body after the animal is slaughtered, to disinfect the carcass from bacteria and viruses it picked up in the slaughterhouse. antibiotics in meat will destroy beneficial bacteria in your gut, and ammonia (according to able900) creates a hospitable environment for candida.
it might behoove you to try to get ebt/food stamps. it sounds like you’re probably income-eligible. work is slow for me these days, and i’ve been considering it. organic food bills really do pile up!