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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 like to buy organic lettuce since we eat so much of it.


03/11/2010 - 4:40pm

yes i buy organic whenever possible unfortunately our fruit is often too ripe or looks bad. so i have to pick and choose we love pears but 4 pears costs upward of $6 THATS A LOT! and they are often terrible. so we get what is fresh and reasonable. other than fruit and veg we buy the other conventional foods all the time


03/11/2010 - 7:44pm

I'm unemployed so I have to really watch my money - but I do buy organic apples, celery and lettuce. I have discovered if I buy less food more often, I have reduced the amount of food I throw away dramatically. So I have decided to eat less, but better.

Question - is it worth my money to buy organic beans - dried or canned? (like pinto, navy etc) I have added beans to my diet and will spend the money if necessary, but that's something else I hate to waste (money)

Many thanks.


03/12/2010 - 1:07pm

I buy and produce organic foods. I buy organic milk, apples, and carrots (when not in season). I grow lettuce, kale, carrots, spinach, sugar snaps, onions, cabbage, etc. It brings me deep satisfaction to eat the food I grow organically, and allows me to support the organic foods industry. I agree with your list of conventional vs. organic. I think it is really important for parents to consider buying organic apples for their children, because apples are an easy snack and most children love them. It is the long-term effect of hormones, pesticides, etc. that affect children, so organic apples is a good place to invest $$. Love your balanced perspective!


03/12/2010 - 2:21pm

I buy everything organic --if it's not organic, I don't buy. I also have my own vegetable garden and only eat what's in season. I don't believe anything the food manufacturers say -- even their organic products are suspicious, but sometimes you have to go with it -- for example, mushrooms. I love mushrooms (fresh) and buy only organic and have to live with, hopefully, it's the truth.

A movie everyone should see is: FOOD, INC. It actually should be a must-see movie.

My advice to everyone is NOT to eat meat. There is no logical reason to eat meat. Our meat supply is horrible, and it is so disgusting what they do to the animals -- sad, sad, sad. Maybe grass fed cows or chickens picking around in the yard are okay -- but it is still a nasty thing to do to our fellow animals. What's happening now is that people are getting sick so they are supporting the vast multi-billion dollar food industry and the same with the health care industry....all linked to what people put in their bodies.


03/12/2010 - 4:42pm

I buy organic as much as possible, almost everything. There are the sustainability and healthy earth issues that I truly do care about, but more than that, I am not willing to make my body an experiment. Chemicals in this country can be used until they are undeniably proven to be harmful (no "prove this is safe" involved), and how they might interact combined and in our bodies is a complete unknown. Since the industrial revolution the incidence of cancer, fertility problems, behavioral disorders, and autoimmune diseases has skyrocketed. Is it a coincidence that this correlates with the fact that we are increasingly surrounded by chemicals that don't belong in our bodies? It's possible, but why risk it for yourself or the children you will grow in your body? I got interested in this after I discovered I have an autoimmune disease, and as I prepare my body to be a home to a little one, I'm taking it even more seriously. Finally, I think it tastes better!


03/12/2010 - 4:52pm

I don't ever buy organic vegatables or fruit unless they are on sale and that they have a equal weight amount of which I would buy in regular fruit and vegatables. I don't believe there is a differance except in price, so buy accordingly


03/12/2010 - 11:43pm

i pretty much always buy all produce organic, especially apples and leafy greens. i also splurge on organic peanut butter because, really, who needs all those chemicals that some of the brand name peanut butters put in there?! all i need are the peanuts and that's it! when i ate meat, i tried to buy that organic, but have since become a vegetarian so no more meat. also, i buy organic milk because i like the taste better than traditional milk like Dean's or other brands and also because there are less chemicals in the milk and the cows are generally kept in nicer more humane conditions.


03/13/2010 - 10:41pm

We eat a 90% organic diet. We are vegetarians and belong to an organic produce buying club. We also grow a lot of our own produce. We eat very little processed food and make almost all of our food from scratch. This saves us lots of money so we are able to spend our money on organic products. We buy organic sugar, flour, beans, rice and other staples in bulk and this saves us money as well.


03/17/2010 - 9:01pm

I try to buy organic whenever possible. I buy my vegetables and fruits organic. I purchase meat from a local farmer who raises his own cattle. I would prefer to spend more money for something that is better for me in the long run. .


04/06/2010 - 1:00pm

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