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Don't know if this belongs in TF, but the plain ol' nutritional thread is coming up as only an archive right now- no new threads allowed. ANYWAY.<br><br>
So we just made the switch to organic- it seems especially important with milk and meat- stuff with hormones in it. Also for apples and other things that might get pesticide sprayed directly onto them. It is eating a serious hole into our grocery budget, though. We can't possibly get everything organic. So what's lowest priority? What wouldn't hurt us to buy non-organically?<br><br>
Rice? Potatoes? Onions?
 

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Coconut oil is something that I don't think need to be organic. I mean... how much can they %$#@ it up with pesticides and crap? And what about dates? It is difficult to make ends meet when you shift to organics. You have to draw the line somewhere. Would love to know how others cut corners without too much compromise...
 

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If you google "organic dirty dozen" you will find lists like this with more or less the same items --> <a href="http://www.prevention.com/cda/article/the-dirty-dozen/017a323b0b803110VgnVCM20000012281eac____/nutrition.recipes/grocery.guru/food.safety.basics" target="_blank">http://www.prevention.com/cda/articl....safety.basics</a><br><br>
I try to buy organic for the "dirty dozen" subject to their availability.
 

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I have read that things that you will peel are less important to get organic, like oranges and bananas. More important are foods that don't have thick skins, or ones that grow *in* the dirt, like potatoes, onions, berries. I have heard that apples are particularly bad when not organic- lots of pesticide used on them.<br>
Also, the things that are most commonly genetically modified you would want to get organic, like corn, soy (if you eat it), canola (again, not something I use but if you do make it organic).<br>
Good luck on your journey!
 

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Like a PP said, there are plenty of lists out there of produce and things that are important to get organic. I try to buy everything coming from an animal organic and then see where my budget is, and pick and choose on the rest.
 

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I've heard peanuts and coffee are heavily sprayed. I'm trying to find an organic coffee that's not $1million per bag, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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trader joe's has several kinds of organic coffee that is very reasonably priced <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I choose the same at a lot of the PPs. I try to buy meat and dairy organic. I also try to buy anything thin skinned or in the ground organic. Things with thick skins I discard like bananas I usually pass on unless it's a good deal.
 

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I've heard about the dirty dozen site--that would most likely be a good place to start...<br><br>
But I have to say, after years of trying to perfect our monthly grocery budget I am finding that we, us western world mothers, fathers, landlords, zoo keepers, biologists, pianists and drag queens, just don't need to eat THAT much. We were spending, quite easily, $250 per store visit, then adding any residuals to that as well as our meat co-op we were maxing out our live-lives budget....sometimes even going beyond and having to withdraw from savings. Silly, really.<br>
But in hindsight I'm embarassed at our overly stocked frigde and freezer--even moreso at the fact that the food we do have in our house is so rife with nutrients anyway, a 4 oz serving of raw chipped steak per person is much more practical than a lb per person....even for my growing toddler. I keep a bulk raw cheddar loaf, ezekiel, cultured butter, coconut shavings and fermented pasta dough on hand for his quick trips to the fridge...<br>
All of those things cost under $50 and last us well over a month. For pops and myself, well, we're relatively low activity folk, so eating massive meals is virtual suicide. If you can eat them, grains and legumes are a great way to earn some internal neutrality (give thy gut a break) and save $$.<br><br>
hopefully this makes sense.....sometimes eating with a peasant mentality helps in all arenas....
 

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We buy organic meats, dairy, and eggs first and foremost. I don't feel the least bit guilty forking over the money for those items. If we can swing everything else organic we do but most times we can't. In the case of non-organic veggies/fruit I spray them with straight vinegar and let them sit for a while, wash vigorously, then peel or eat<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
But I'm DYING to get my garden started again. There is nothing like going in your yard and picking your own food to eat right away. I know for *sure* there is nothing nasty on it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Nina Planck said something in <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Real Food</span> to the effect that the higher up the food chain, the more important the quality - so good quality beef would have more importance than grapes.<br><br>
I am also trying to stay away from any corn that is not organic because I saw <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Future of Food</span> and it was really freaky about GMOs.<br><br>
I have also been considering the fact that sometimes local is more important than organic because of lost nutrients in shipping - and little local farmers (in my humble opinion) ar not using the crazy nasty sprays like the Huge conglomerates.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Of course my opinion changes everytime I go to the market - I also try to buy seasonal items because they are the most affordable.<br><br>
It is a bummer - I wish I could be grass-fed and organic all the way, but financially it is not an option right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 
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