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3 new foods make updated "Dirty Dozen" of produce to buy organic

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., April 29, 2010 - 12:54pm

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Brierley asks: What influences your choices about what to buy organic and what to buy conventional? What makes the cut and why?


1. Benefit
2. How frequent the use
3. Cost


03/03/2012 - 12:19pm

I pay attention to the peel and whether or not pesticides would potentially infiltrate. I buy organic as much as possible in all areas. I like to help keep the planet as sustainable as possible. I've noticed that many organic foods have better flavor.


01/14/2012 - 11:40pm

I pay attention to the dirty dozen and am concerned about the environment and my children's health and growth. Truthfully my children caused me to think a great deal more about organics.


09/18/2010 - 3:04pm

What influences my choice is what is available. My stores that are close just started carrying a few organic products. And who wants Delicious Apples? However the last few years with the addition of a new,more upscale grocery which carries a more organic products, my old store has upped the number it carries. One lower scale store carry a few organic apples and nothing else. The other carries none.


08/06/2010 - 3:30am

My mom likes shopping for fresh foods. She always tries to buy organic, even if it's a bit more money. She says it tastes better and it's better for the enviornement.


06/29/2010 - 9:44pm

If organic wasn't so expensive for certain things, I would be eating organic 24/7. So, I buy organic as much as I possibly can. If not, just making sure I eat mostly fresh and read labels when not. There IS a taste difference btw organic and non-organic. The first time I really noticed when making some switches was with apples and oranges. Might be my taste buds, who knows. There's so much more fresh great flavor in organic. Eating the way mother nature orginally intended is best. Now only if the food industry would agree. This 'dirty dozen' is great to have and be in the know about!


06/02/2010 - 11:29am

If money was no object, everyone would be eating healthy.


05/28/2010 - 5:31pm

If organic is within the ball park of the non-organic option, then we do organic. I try to stay away from the dirty dozen - buying those organic only. Some days we change our menu because of the availablility of quality fresh organic produce at a reseaonable price.


05/15/2010 - 8:56am

Where can I get a copy of the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides?




05/15/2010 - 1:34am

I am 76 years old and so far, am pretty healthy. I have a slight blockage in my heart but the Dr. only gave me a cholesterol drug and a baby asperin to take. I grow as much organic food in my garden as I can and buy organic frozen vegies and fresh. I play tennis at least once a week.
What makes the cut is usually price. Sometimes the item is more than twice the price of conventional and that makes a big difference when you are on a fixed income. I read labels very carefully and do not buy things with artificial colors, perservatives and such.


05/14/2010 - 6:16pm

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