Organic foods can be expensive- how do you determine what is good value for your food dollar? Where do you begin?
Best to buy organic: Conventionally Grown is Fine:
- 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.
Sweet bell peppers Frozen sweet corn
Cherries Frozen sweet peas
Imported grapes (domestic ranked 19th
- 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.