I just lost my job and trying to find places in my budget to trim back. I find organic foods to be super expensive. Any tips for shortcuts?
–Jeannine, Chicago, IL
If in doubt, buy organic. But, being on a budget can force one to make a decision on which organic foods are more priority. When you are in the produce department, an easy tip to remember is this: the thicker the skin, the harder it is for the pesticide to penetrate. So, apples, cherries, pears, grapes? Thin skin, probably should buy organic. Pineapple, oranges, bananas? Thicker skin—pesticides can still penetrate, but these are better to opt out of organic if necessary.
Also, remember—if it’s grown in the ground, buy organic. Pesticides really penetrate soil, and these foods also absorb all the chemicals in the ground. So, foods like carrots and potatoes should probably be purchased organic. Better yet, if possible, grow your own organic foods!! This is the best for your budget and the environment!
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