Going Organic

Organic foods can be expensive- how do you determine what is good value for your food dollar? Where do you begin?

  • The not-for-profit Environmental Working Group has come up with a list ranking the pesticide levels of 43 commonly eaten fruits and vegetables; start by purchasing those foods with the highest levels when conventionally grown. For more information, and a downloadable PDF and iPhone application, go to www.foodnews.org.

Best to buy organic: Conventionally Grown is Fine:
Peaches Onions
Apples Avocados
Sweet bell peppers Frozen sweet corn
Celery Pineapples
Nectarines Mangoes
Strawberries Asparagus
Cherries Frozen sweet peas
Pears Kiwifruit
Imported grapes (domestic ranked 19th) Bananas
Spinach Cabbage
Lettuce Broccoli
Potatoes Papayas

  • Start with foods that are a large part of your children’s diet, for example, chicken and milk.
  • Search out store brand organics, which usually offer good value.
  • Buy organic in bulk for further savings.
  • Look for LOCAL- fruits and vegetables that are fresher and have not traveled long distances retain more of their nutritional value.