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Organic: When to Splurge & When to Save Your Money

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Organic: When to Splurge & When to Save Your Money

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)
2. Apples
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Lettuce
9. Grapes
10. Pears
11. Spinach
12. Potatoes

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1:36AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Thank you :)

4:08PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thank you.

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6:02AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Thanks for this info...

8:10AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

I try to buy organic everything if I can, but it's good to know if things are tight

2:01AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Thanks, this is very helpful.

10:28AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Thanks for an interesting article

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5:46PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

The lists were interesting. Already have the top ten on the dirty foods list from Environmental Working Group. My only caveat is sweet corn because I believe it is GMO.

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