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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 would love to buy organic all the time but we are a big growing family and we cannot afford it.Certain items such as leafy veggies and "soft"fruits I will splurg on organic otherwise I rinse everything else in a solution of apple cider vineger and warm water and then rinse clear....hope one day everyone can afford to eat healthy pure foods....


02/26/2012 - 8:08pm

Organic does have an environmental down side - more land is required to farm organic, which increases total land use and agricultural sprawl. This is a smart approach - buy organic when health risks are more likely.


02/26/2012 - 7:05pm

Since corn is one of the top Genetically Modified Foods grown...I would want to buy that organic, unless they start labeling.


02/26/2012 - 6:05pm

I don't know the answer, but you should be aware that the EWG list does not provide information about which pesticides are used and how they affect human beings, and that pesticides (which leave residues) are used in organics, just with different criterion. Without these two pieces of information, this whole argument is moot.

For instance, many reasonably safe substances are used in commercial pesticides: caffeine, chrysanthemum extract, etc., while nicotine and sulfur - both highly toxic in the doses used for agriculture, are considered to be viable organic pesticides.

I wash my food before I eat it and hope that's enough.


02/26/2012 - 5:48pm

All vegetables and fruits


02/19/2012 - 7:52pm

I buy All fruit organic except pineapple,banana, other tropical fruits, cranberries, plums, and dates. As for vegetables I buy organic potatoes(not sweet), carrot, celery, spinach, lettuce, and green beans. And I do buy organic tomatoes and peppers If I can't get my hands on hot house, because there tested so not even trace pesticides are left if any are used.

I don't buy produce outside of Canada or the US (except tropical fruit) to avoid the unregulated pesticides.

I don't buy any meat, animal, or dairy products organic because I live in Canada and there's no hormones used ever.


01/16/2012 - 3:58pm



10/18/2010 - 8:56am

I buy only organic because I care about the health of farmers farmworkers and the planet. Considering only pesticide residue takes care of the eater but not much more. Lists like the above are also based on average data, and what's in our local store could be much worse that these lists might indicate. Whole organic foods are affordable and there is no reason to go for non-organic ones.


09/05/2010 - 6:51pm

what about rice? does it need to be organic?


08/26/2010 - 5:19am

I know bell peppers are on the list of the "dirty dozen," but what about hothouse grown peppers from Canada? Bags of these are being sold at Costco--no mention of pesticide-free on the label, but if the peppers are grown in a hothouse, wouldn't that require less spraying? Thanks for any advice!


08/04/2010 - 11:31am

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