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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?


Cheap food isn't.


03/02/2010 - 7:04pm

root vegetables are so much more likely to absorb anything put into the soil... not speaking of sprays on top...they are a different story.... this is helpful for the budget, but I will always steer towards organic...


03/03/2010 - 5:04am

This list is great if you're strictly concerned with your own health, but if you also want to protect the planet and the people who are growing your food, organic is the best choice. (Did you know that workers on Costa Rican banana plantations have very high rates of testicular cancer and the ground below the trees is completely bare because nothing can grow there?)

That said, I can't afford to buy everything organic, but I buy as much locally- and sustainably- grown produce, dairy and meat as I can.

Thanks for the post!


03/04/2010 - 3:38pm

Buy organic apples and greens


03/04/2010 - 5:35pm

I dont usually buy organic cause before I was dating my boyfriend, I didn't have the budget, but now I don't because I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Its a victory for me to just get to the STORE let alone snoop around for the food grown in "humanely treated soil" : ) I joke, but I still just don't get it.


03/04/2010 - 5:45pm

I spend more on Cauliflour, Leeks, Stock and Meat/Milk.

The only produce that isn't organic is lettuce.


03/04/2010 - 5:54pm

After watching an episode of Dr. Oz, I began only buying organic apples & carrots. My children love the flavor of the organic apples**


03/04/2010 - 6:19pm

i sometimes buy organic.... celery, lettuces, carrots...depending on availablity and cost. however, since i once worked on a farm in the apple orchard, i will ALWAYS but organic apples. saw too much "poison" being applied. i would love to be able to buy everything organic, so i'm trying to plant my own garden too. thanks for the lists. la


03/04/2010 - 7:21pm

I agree with your list. I would add banannas to the conventional list. I Always buy organic greens and any fruits that won't be peeled before eating. Due to controversy regarding bagged lettuce products, I no longer use them. Marguerite Krenek, Houston, TX


03/04/2010 - 8:08pm

I buy almost all organic. My brother died of skin cancer at 25 years of age. I reduce my family's exposure to chemicals whenever possible, whether its on, in, or near my body.
Part of the reason disease is lurking around every corner is because we've as a society arrogantly abused our bodies and the environment trying to create cheaper food faster and in mass quantities.
Things I ESPECIALLY buy organic:
Dairy (antibiotics and hormones just don't appeal to me)
Meat (organic meats tend to be lower in fat and usually the animals were treated humanely, ie. free access to fresh air, room to roam, and fresh water)
ALL FRUITS AND VEGGIES sure, some are less likely to have pesticide residue, but less simply isn't good enough for me. Look at organic fruits next to conventional. Notice how different they look? How did those conventional apples manage to be huge and shiny, and perfect in shape? Could it be they were genetically engineered? And perhaps radiated to keep their color and "freshness" during shipping? Hmmm....
Quite simply, all organic produce, bought locally and in season will taste better, be better for the environment, and your family.


03/04/2010 - 8:09pm

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