I often find myself facing a dilemma amongst the produce at the grocery store. I know that buying organic is healthier, but is it really worth the difference in price? Which foods should I buy organic and which ones should I not? Save money or reduce my family's intake of harmful pesticides?
Organic? Or Not?
Solution Part 1: I found a helpful list that I saved in my phone so that I have it handy for my produce department dilemmas. http://static.foodnews.org/pdf/EWG-shoppers-guide.pdf
I buy any of the Clean 15, then watch for sales in the organic section from the "Dirty Dozen." If I am near a Trader Joes, I can often find great deals on organic produce such as apples or salad greens. Now I do not alway adhere strictly to this list, but when financially possible I try to buy foods with the least amount of harmful chemicals.
Clean 15 (Lowest Amounts of Pesticides - Safest Non-Organic)
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potato
Dirty Dozen - Buy These Organic (or limit consumption)
Solution Part 2: During the summer and fall my family buys a share of fresh, local, chemical free produce from a CSA farm. Last summer we bought a share from Rare Earth Farms. I was quite pleased with the variety and amount of produce. We enjoyed fresh and clean food all summer and into the fall. We were also able to freeze a bit too for the winter.