How to Buy Organic

How important is it to buy organic foods versus non organic? How can I buy organic on a tight budget? Do I need to buy all organic foods? These are questions I am asked frequently, and I answer them all in this video.

How to Buy Organic

How to buy Organic without breaking the bank

  1. Buy in Bulk
  2. Go to a Farmer’s Market, buy local and find deals
  3. Buy more expensive organic foods only on special occasions. Sundried tomatoes and pine nuts are typically more expensive options.
  4. Buy Organic when necessary. Pineapples and grapefruits have thick skins that protect chemicals from contaminating your food. Use the lists below to learn what foods you need to buy organic and which ones aren’t as important.

The Dirty Dozen

There are certain foods that I strongly urge people to buy organic. At the top of the list are meat and dairy products (though I recommend avoiding pasteurized dairy products altogether, organic or not). One thing to consider is “you are what you eat, what they ate.”

The Environmental Working Group has put together a “dirty dozen” guide to the foods you need to buy organic. By following these guidelines and always choosing organic varieties of the following produce, you can reduce your pesticide exposure by 80%.

The foods with the highest pesticide loads are:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Imported Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Pears

The Clean 16

Eating the 16 least contaminated foods when you can’t afford to buy organic can cut your pesticide exposure from 10 a day to 2 a day on average, says EWG. 

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Avocadoes
  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Kiwi
  • Papayas
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
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