Buying Organic

Most people want to buy organic foods for their family. Unfortunately many don’t because of the price.

 

Organic foods can fit into your budget – just remember it’s not an all or nothing approach. The more things you can buy organic the better, but it doesn’t have to be everything.

 

I have a pocket size guide that I carry in my purse. It’s called the “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” (created by the Environmental Working Group) and it helps me get the most bang for my buck when buying organic.

 

 

 

According to the guide, here are the foods highest in pesticides (if conventionally grown) that you should to buy organic:

 

Peaches
Apples
Bell Peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Lettuce
Grapes (imported)
Pears

 

The list of the cleanest foods (i.e. lowest in pesticides) that you may want to buy conventionally grown include:

 

Onions
Avocado
Sweet Corn
Pineapples
Mango
Asparagus
Sweet Peas
Kiwi
Bananas
Cabbage
Broccoli
Eggplant

 

But you don’t have to memorize the whole list or even carry it around with you. As a general rule of thumb, just remember that any fruit or vegetable that you peel and throw away the outside covering (bananas, avocados, melons, etc.) are the ones that you can generally get away with not buying organic. Those with thin skins that you eat, buy organic.

 

Aside from local farmers markets, the best prices on organic produce can be found at Trader Joe’s and Costco.

 

Keep in mind that any small steps you take toward organic food make a difference, so start with what makes sense for your family. Just take it one step at a time and before you know it, organics will become a regular part of your shopping list.

 

Learn more about Allison. You can find her on twitter ocgreenmama.

 

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