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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 there a difference in organic eggs?


07/28/2010 - 11:09am

I think it's not affordable to buy "organic" everything and you have to remember when you are buying them where they are deemed organic you see mango's from Chile and kiwi from Mexico labeled organic... by who's standards...also the amount of toxicity put into the environment as well as not supporting American farmers is how places like whole foods continue to be so popular. I buy local produce and grow some of my own, I find living in the north its impossible to get good fruit and veg year round but I do the best I can.

An easy rule is the thicker the skin the less likely they are to be contaminated. (absorption rate is slower as well as they tend to need less chemicals b/c the thick skin acts as a repellent)


06/01/2010 - 11:00pm

I thought if you buy California fruit and veggies there are no pesticides on them. I thought they banned pesticides years ago. Thanks Greg


04/30/2010 - 8:18am

Im wondering about bananas. It was not on either list. So do you buy organic bananas or not?


04/30/2010 - 1:48am

I LOVE organic heirloom tomatoes, addicted! I buy them where ever I find them!


04/19/2010 - 1:04pm

I grow many of my own veggies that I know I use almost daily in my meals. cilantro and most of the herbs I like to use are rather easy to grow and maintian. The hardes part is getting the garden started but maintaining it is not that time consuming. My favorite nursery carries heirloom tomatoes and the owner and most of the workers are very knowledgeable about safe and green insecticides.

Having my own garden is the most economical and a most sustainable way I know to enjoy organic produce because I am the one who controls how it is grown. One can participaqte in a community garden if you don't have the space to grow your own garden. Grow just a limited number of veggies that are easiest or least time-consuming for you and trade with the other gardeners in your community.


04/19/2010 - 12:42am

I buy organic as much as possible. I think the extra expense is more than made up in healthier living and fewer doctor bills.


04/18/2010 - 11:09pm

WOW, the fact that corn is on this list pretty much negates the whole thing. The majority of corn grown in the US is genetically modified. I'm not sure which is worse, the pesticides sprayed on or the ones built into the seeds, but I'll spare myself either and go for organic.


04/18/2010 - 8:17pm

Yes i do.I havent given it to much thought organic is just the best way to go..I grow a lot of summer and fall crops but not enough to last all year so i buy orgaic when i can find it.I spend more money on free range eggs. Benny V.


04/18/2010 - 8:35am

Although I like the idea of buying organic, and do so on rare occasions, I mostly do not buy organic because it is VERY expensive, especially for a family of 4 or more.


04/15/2010 - 4:17pm

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