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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?


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

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

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

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 - 7:09pm

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 - 7:08pm

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 - 6:21pm

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 - 5:19pm

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

The only produce that isn't organic is lettuce.


03/04/2010 - 4:54pm

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 - 4:45pm

Buy organic apples and greens


03/04/2010 - 4:35pm

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