There is more talk and evidence appearing all the time that suggests organics are our best choice when shopping for food, namely fruits and vegetables. Because of the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals used on large domestic and imported crops, not to mention the toll this takes on the environment, selecting local, organic produce becomes more popular all the time.
However, it’s still fairly cost prohibitive for most consumers to purchase organics. Just this week we saw a pint of organic strawberries priced at $4.49, while the non-organic in the same size was $3.49. It’s hard to sell someone on spending a dollar more on the exact same thing when they can’t see a tangible difference.
If you’re trying to weigh the benefit of spending more on organic, or sticking to the non-organic produce, consider that there are some fruits and vegetables you’re better off buying organic and others you don’t have to worry about quite as much.
12 Organic Must-Haves
These fruits and vegetables should be in your budget to “splurge” for the organic variety. These tend to have the highest use of chemical treatment, and because of their thin, lacking, and/or porous skins, the contamination can spread throughout the food. Washing is particularly necessary with these, especially if you purchase the non-organic.
1. Peaches (highest pesticide)
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
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