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Trying to save money? 15 foods you don’t need to buy organic

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., March 2, 2010 - 10:45am

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Brierley asks: Do you buy organic? What foods do you think it's worth to save on and which do you spend more on for organic?


I eat organic as much as possible. I am a little concerned about these lists. On another list watermelon was on the list of highly contaminated by pesticide. So, you may be getting the same nutrients, but with more toxins.


03/04/2010 - 9:16pm

Alot of Veg's and Fruits can just be washed off well and be safe enough. As Fruits and Veg's. are
sometimes costly, that is a savings right there.
I definately do not do dairy unless it is organic. That is important, especially for women and children.
Milk passes on antibiotics, etc. Too risky not to buy organic.
Wild caught, flash frozen ocean fish (Alaskan, etc.) is good to eat.
Watch Asia on the fish.
Don't eat beef, only buffalo that is grass fed.
Organic eggs are my choice.


03/05/2010 - 6:27pm

The choice for me to buy organic isn't just about price. It's about a philosophy of protecting the soil, the water, and the air we all share with the rest of life on this planet. I won't buy nonorganic if I can help it, because that encourages a polluting mindset and growing style. The world does not need chemical agriculture. Period. If people buy organic according to what is on special, and learn to enjoy a variety of foods, that is another way to save money. Also anyone with a bit of property, space for some large pots, or a forward-thinking landlord can plant a garden and have organic produce almost free. Please, people, don't encourage any growers to depend on chemical farming.


03/09/2010 - 4:16pm

I appreciate the article because I love to buy organic but also like to save money where I can. My advice about corn specifically is to stick to organic only because it is so heavily genetically modified.


03/09/2010 - 4:50pm

It totally surprises me that tomatoes are on the the conventional list~ I wonder where bananas fit on the list?


03/09/2010 - 4:55pm

I use the EWG guidelines as well but I also consider the volume and frequency that I use the item. So I buy organic tomatoes, sweet potatoes and watermelon because they are everyday foods for my family. I don't buy organic kale because we don't use it that often.
Hope Damon, RD, CDE


03/09/2010 - 5:10pm

I always buy corn and soybean products organic because I'm concerned about avoiding genetically engineered foods as well as pesticides. In the US, any corn or soy that isn't organic or doesn't specifically say that it's GMO-free probably is GMO.


03/09/2010 - 5:29pm

I will always buy organic meats and dairy. However, I can not always afford to buy all organic fruits and vegetables, so I try to stay away from the items that are known to retain more pesticides.

I am trying to start my own garden to offset the expense and give us more variety, but it is a long process.



03/09/2010 - 5:32pm

I buy organic! I do buy conventional oranges and bananas though...


03/09/2010 - 7:02pm

corn may not contain much pesticide residue compared to apples, but how can it be on the "buy conventional" list?! thanks to monsanto and genetic modification, the danger of conventional corn lies much deeper than the surface. watch this documentary to learn more, and then make your own list...


03/09/2010 - 7:51pm

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