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I was just wondering what is the most important foods to buy organic and what foods can be forgiven to buy the regular.<br>
I know that some pruduce is more heavily sprayed then others and we are on a tight budget.<br>
We can afford the organic apples, oranges, carrots and greens, but the strawberries, avacados, watermellon and all other tropical fruits are just way out of our price range...<br><br>
Organic dairy is affordable, but we can only afford grain-fed chicken, not organic..<br><br><br>
So, what should I make a priority, and what can I cheat on?
 

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You know, i read a post yesterday that mentioned they always buy organic meat because of all the bad things that can be stored in the animals fat. i didnt know this. I would have thought veggies would be the most important, but now i am wondering.<br><br>
I will keep an eye out on this thread.<br><br>
good question Andrea!
 

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I asked this same thing awhile back. Check out the thread:<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=107294" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=107294</a>
 

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Hi Andrea, nice to see you back. Hope all is well in your new home.<br><br>
I work in an organic whole foods market and what we tell our customers is this.<br><br>
Anything that comes from an animal.<br>
Anything that has a high concentration of fat such as oil, seeds and nuts.<br>
Anything that is prone to aerial spraying such as berries, apples, and citris.<br>
Anything that grows in water such as rice and other grains.<br>
Anything that is prone to worm like bugs such as brocolli, cauliflower, kale, etc.<br><br>
Check out the farmers markets for your meat. Here the organic meat producers that supply our store go to the market once a week and the prices are great.<br><br>
Go in with a group and by a side of meat and store it in yours or someone else freezer.<br><br>
One last point about chicken...it is the meat that has the highest content of bacteria. Therefore if it is not organic the producers are more than likely feeding them some kind of anitbiotic so the chickens do not get sick.<br><br>
Also there is a huge difference between grainfeed, free run; grainfeed, free range and just grain fed chicken. Free range are the only ones that don't get there beaks clipped and free run are still penned.
 

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Hey Andrea, thanks for asking this question, I am in a similar situation. I have heard strawberries contain one of the highest in concentration of pesticides. But, yes, the organic ones are sooooo expensive, and my daughter can finish a whole pack of them in an entire sitting!<br><br>
On the plus side they are easy to grow. So next year we will be able to harvest our own organic strawberries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">!!! Yay!!! You're in Canada, though, right? I don't know if it is too cold there or not. Maybe they could grow indoors.
 

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Are you refering to the taste?<br><br>
The method in which vining fruit is grown conventionally is much different than how a vining fruit grows organically. This includes melons, canteloupe and watermelons.<br><br>
Also keep in mind one of the most modified fruits is the melon...gmo's are dangerous; no studies on long term use have been completed on gmo seeds. If a food is certified it is guarenteed to not be grown by gmo's.
 

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(From: <a href="http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php" target="_blank">http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php</a> )<br><br>
Highest in Pesticides<br><br>
These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables are consistently the most contaminated with pesticides — buy these organic.<br><br>
• Apples<br>
• Bell Peppers<br>
• Celery<br>
• Cherries<br>
• Grapes (imported)<br>
• Nectarines<br>
• Peaches<br>
• Pears<br>
• Potatoes<br>
• Red Raspberries<br>
• Spinach<br>
• Strawberries<br><br>
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Lowest in Pesticides<br><br>
These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables consistently have the lowest levels of pesticides.<br><br>
• Asparagus<br>
• Avocados<br>
• Bananas<br>
• Broccoli<br>
• Cauliflower<br>
• Corn (sweet)<br>
• Kiwi<br>
• Mangos<br>
• Onions<br>
• Papaya<br>
• Pineapples<br>
• Peas (sweet)
 

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I recommend the cook book "Fresh Choices" by David Joachim and Rochelle Davis.<br><br>
It goes into detail about what foods should be organic and which ones are ok if not.
 

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Thanks for the link yitlan!<br><br>
mountain mom, we are getting settled and life is getting better...<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for all the info guys, I really wish that we could afford 100% organic, but its just not possible right now.<br>
The farmers market is a good idea.
 

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A few years ago when I was looking into this very issue, I found a 'hot list' that was similar to the post above. In addition to the foods she listed as high in chemical contamination the article I read, were tomatoes, green beans and blueberries.<br><br>
Not sure of the source, but I'm thinking it was Health Magazine. So I've been using those specific organics since. I'd be interested to see if something has changed, or if the info really does depend on the interpretation of the author.<br><br>
Hmmmm.
 
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