When to buy organic, and when it’s ok to save some money

If I had endless amounts of money…. I’d buy organic everything.
Unfortunately, I do not have endless amounts of money (very unfortunate), so while wandering the produce aisle, it’s sometimes very hard to choose. A small bunch of organic cilantro for $3.95 or the bunch sprayed with pesticides for $1.75. Ask me right now if I’d pay an extra $2 to keep petroleum bug killer out of my insides and I’d say “definitely!” But each time I make that choice the dollars add up, and since my supply isn’t endless it’s something to seriously consider.

My friend Kyla Langen – one of my favorite longhaired barefooted Hip-Es – posted a link on her facebook page to Environmenal Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
I’ve seen lists like this before and they’re fun and useful… IF you can remember their suggestions while wandering the produce aisle – not one of my talents. Fortunately, EWG has created a handy dandy list complete with photos that could easily be printed out and kept on hand during grocery missions.
Don’t want to go to the link yourself? I don’t blame you, so here’s a summary of the incredibly pesticide laden, and the ones that allow us to save a little money.

Dirty Dozen:
Apples
Celery
Strawberries
Peaches
Spinach
Nectarines (imported)
Grapes (imported)
Sweet bell peppers
Potatoes
Blueberries (domestic)
Lettuce
Kale

Clean-ish
Onions
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Avocados
Asparagus
Sweet peas
Mangoes
Eggplant
Cantaloupe (domestic)
Kiwi
Cabbage
Watermelon
Sweet potatoes
Grapefruit
Mushrooms

Cool. So…. now, what do I do about the cilantro?

*of course even if the pesticide used to grow the fruit isn’t as easily transmitted to the hungry Hip-E, choosing organic keeps more pesticides out of the earth, which is always a better choice.

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