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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?


Is conventional milk likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues? Will having organic milk not have these contamination?


12/23/2015 - 6:03pm

Beets,Greens,berries,potatoes,apples,oranges are best for organic.


01/09/2014 - 11:33pm

I try to buy as much as I can find reasonably priced in organic produce, but the COST of Organic produce is next to ridiculous. How can a product that uses less to produce cost up to five times as much as a commercial product?! I am not ignorant, I am familiar with cost analysis, market demand, ROI, etc, but, come on! But, I digress. I also buy organic Carrots, as I consider them an essential in my diet, love them and can usually find the on sale for about $2.98 for a 5 lb bag. I eat them more than potatoes, so the extra expense is justified. My largest splurge on organics is for Organic, Grass Fed beef...does that qualify? Probably not, but worth it to me for the taste, and piece of mind on those infrequent instances when I'm going to consume a red meat product.


01/06/2014 - 7:33pm

I buy almost 100% organic.My reason?
1) I try to avoid bringing pesticides into my home.
2) Cleaning/washing organic food takes a lot less time and uses much less water because I feel that any food exposed to pesticides requires much more careful and time-consuming cleaning.
3) I don't know what foods grown in foreign countries are exposed to
4) It is much better for the soil if pesticides are not used.
5) I avoid GMO foods by buying organic.
6) I want to support the organic movement


06/23/2013 - 12:36am

lettuce. peppers. apples. bananas. lemons. grapes.


03/22/2013 - 6:49am

My first day at the organic store and I have to say organic is super expensive. spent 279.00 and only got fruits and veggies....any suggestions?


03/13/2012 - 8:08pm

What about "tomatoes" - organic or not organic??


03/10/2012 - 9:37pm

milk and meat


02/29/2012 - 11:54am

I was under the impression that anything underground or right on the surface was most likely to have pestiside, especially run-off. A little surprised that sweet potatoes would be recommended to be a conventional buy.


02/29/2012 - 10:55am

With a limited food budget, I do buy organic apples and greens

since the cantelope scare last summer, I dont buy any at all. my regular grocery store evens warns to clean cantelopes with a scrub brush to get in all the little ridges. that is way too much trouble, so I dont even bother. the only way I will buy them this season is at the local farmers market


02/26/2012 - 8:24pm

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