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If you were on a limited food budget, and you could not afford to buy all organic, but you were also very concerned about the importance of limiting your family's exposures to pesticides, fungicides, GMO food, etc., what foods do you think are most important to buy organic? Obviously, animal products top the list, and I do buy organic dairy, but what about other foods? Are there foods that are more likely to be dangerous in non-organic?<br><br>
I wish I could buy all-organic. Our budget just won't stretch that far.
 

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I am in the same boat. I buy the Nature Clean dishwashing liquid (vegetable based) and give my fruit and vegetables a good scrub with a nail brush. It is amazing how different the produce smells after I have done this. The apples smell like apples and the oranges smell like oranges. I think this is the next best thing. I wish I could buy all organic.<br><br>
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I recently saw a list in a newspaper article about which foods are most contaminated. I didn't track that down but did find this: <a href="http://www.sustainlane.com/article/594/194/Top+Fruits+&%3B+Vegetables+to+Buy+Organic.html" target="_blank">http://www.sustainlane.com/article/5...y+Organic.html</a><br><br>
I remembered that strawberries and grapes were awful (and wouldn't you know those are ds faves these days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ).
 

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<span style="text-decoration:underline;">must be organic (my list<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">)</span><br>
strawberries<br>
grapes<br>
greens<br>
root veggies<br>
potatos<br>
tomatos<br>
bananas<br>
apples<br>
bread<br>
cabbage (very inexpensive here, I eat a lot of it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">willing to compromise on</span><br>
avos are suppost to have minimal residues<br>
citrus<br>
garlic<br>
onions<br>
ginger<br>
winter sqaush<br>
eggs (at least cage free veggie feed)<br>
nuts and seeds<br>
grains and beans<br>
oils (still buy high quality in glass)
 

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Thanks for starting this thread. I'm in the same boat, and been meaning to find out what non-organic foods are the most contaminated.<br><br>
I'm determined to have only organic animal produce by the end of the year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:<br><br>
I avoid non-org. Strawberries and Celery at all costs. Strawberries have a very permiable skin. Celery I've heard is a difficult crop to grow (lots of water, slow growth?) so that process is often 'helped' along.<br><br>
I am so dissapointed to find out that some of my favourite fruits and veggies are up on the "Most Contaminated" list:<br><br>
• Strawberries<br>
• Apples<br>
• Cherries<br>
• Imported Grapes<br>
• Nectarines<br>
• Peaches<br>
• Pears<br>
• Red Raspberries<br>
• Apricots<br>
• Bananas<br>
• Cucumbers<br><br>
• Bell Peppers<br>
• Celery<br>
• Potatoes<br>
• Spinach<br>
• Green beans<br>
• Winter or Hard Squash<br><br><br>
Produce with the Least Levels of Pesticide Residues:<br><ul><li>Avocados</li>
<li>Bananas</li>
<li>Plums</li>
<li>Watermelon<br></li>
<li>Corn</li>
<li>Onions</li>
<li>Sweet Potatoes</li>
<li>Cauliflower</li>
<li>Brussels Sprouts</li>
<li>Green Onions</li>
<li>Broccoli</li>
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I hate that with organic you either have to be rich enough to afford to buy it from the farm/stores OR be rich enough to own or rent land where you can grow it yourself.<br><br>
Our city has community garden plots that can be rented for a small fee, but last year, most of my crop was destroyed by vandals. I'm not sure what to do this year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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