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I read an article before that said if you can't afford to go totally organic, you should at least do certain ones organic (but can't find it now)<br><br>
Anyone know what Im talking about?
 

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Here's a list that I have, but I can't remember where it came from....<br><br>
Strawberries<br>
Green and Red Bell Peppers<br>
Corn<br>
Bananas<br>
Green Beans<br>
Peaches<br>
Apples<br>
Cherries<br>
Celery<br>
Apricots and Grapes<br>
Soybeans<br>
Potatoes<br>
Raisins<br>
Cucumbers<br><br>
Quick google search came up with this....<br><a href="http://www.kidsorganics.com/10%20Most%20Important%20Foods%20to%20Eat%20Organic.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kidsorganics.com/10%20Mos...%20Organic.htm</a>
 

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The Environmental Working Group has a good guide: <a href="http://www.foodnews.org/reportcard.php" target="_blank">http://www.foodnews.org/reportcard.php</a> (there is a printable wallet-sized card at this site).<br><br>
Here are the basics:<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">12 Most Contaminated<br>
Buy These Organic<br><br>
• Apples<br>
• Bell Peppers<br>
• Celery<br>
• Cherries<br>
• Imported Grapes<br>
• Nectarines<br>
• Peaches<br>
• Pears<br>
• Potatoes<br>
• Red Raspberries<br>
• Spinach<br>
• Strawberries<br><br><br>
12 Least Contaminated<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)</td>
</tr></table></div>
 

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From what I understand, it's not just pesticide use to think about. Genetic engineering is something else to consider. I wish I had the link athough I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find. I believe the big GMO items are tomatoes, corn and soy. There are many more but those are the 3 biggies
 

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thats just what I was looking for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Thanks ladies!<br><br>
With 6 kids to feed, going all organic is too expensive for us..so Im trying to get the best we can where its most necessary
 

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Also consider farming integrity.Most farmers don't allow for the land to rest, or rotate crops, which from my understanding is essential for healthy land.Organic farmers, aside from the pesticide factor usually practice a more natural way of farming.If the land is not rotated with different crops, or allowed to rest, it will become depleted in nutrients, and that non-organic fruit you are eating just may be not as good for you as you think.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I heard somewhere on the radio a while back that a peice of organic fruit can have up to 200% the nutrition or something.Anyone have a great site for this?
 

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Here is what the Green Guide has to say about what you want to buy organic...<br><br><br>
For consumers, the simplest solution is to choose organic foods, which contain two-thirds fewer residues. The foods below are highest in pesticides, and therefore best to buy organic.<br><br><br>
Winter Squash<br>
Wheat<br>
Strawberries<br>
Green Beans<br>
Celery<br>
Apples<br>
Peaches<br>
Grapes<br>
Spinach<br>
Pears
 

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Also, anything you eat all the time. Even if a particular fruit/veggie isn't one of the most contaminated, if you eat it, say, 5 out of 7 days, it'd be a good idea to buy organic.
 
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