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Speak Up: What Foods Do You Insist on Being Organic?

Buying mostly organic foods was top on my priority list, that is until the economy took a nosedive. It's way too pricey now so for some foods, I buy the less-expensive, conventional variety. There are still a handful of foods I only buy organic though such leafy greens, root veggies (carrots), and fruits I don't peel (tomatoes, blueberries, and apples). Since these foods are often eaten raw, I'd rather they be exposed to the least amount of pesticides.

I'm OK with buying conventional cheeses, yogurt, and eggs, but as soon as the economy gets better, I'll be sure to place more organic foods in my cart. What about you? What foods do you insist on being organic?

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cowelltraining cowelltraining 8 years
If you check out how chickens are "grown" you may consider organic eggs and chicken forever. The same goes for cows.
OrganicTrade OrganicTrade 8 years
You've got many great suggestions here. The Organic Trade Association would just caution people against the idea of limiting their organic purchases to a small list of produce items. Doing so misses an important point: buying organic is about more than keeping pesticides out of our bodies. It is about supporting a system of sustainable agricultural management that promotes soil health and fertility through the use of such methods as crop rotation and cover cropping, which nourish plants, foster species diversity, help combat climate change, prevent damage to valuable water resources, and protect farmers and farmers’ families from exposure to harmful chemicals. In this sense, buying organic is a commitment to the bigger, more complex picture of which our personal health is a part.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Eggs and milk, definitely - anything else I can get my hands on like veggies and fruit. And I must eat free-range chicken as well. Non-organic eggs and milk gross me out.
ceej ceej 8 years
If you can't really afford organic the one thing you should try to get is milk.
lizzie008 lizzie008 8 years
Apples, tomatoes, spinach, strawberries I buy organic. Bananas, grapefruit, cantaloupe, kiwi, I buy conventional, those have skin you can't eat.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
None of 'em, unless it's accidental, but I don't seek them out.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
The only organic produce I buy is spinich and baby carrots. And not for health reasons, I buy them because the spinich stays fresher much much longer, and the baby carrots are crunchier. I do buy produce locally, and I get all my walnuts from my Dad who is a farmer and he doesn't use poison. I encourage everyone to buy locally, it really does help out the farmers!
Jewels2080 Jewels2080 8 years
The one thing I have to have organic is milk. You can taste a huge difference between organic and not.
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
Like some of the other commenters, I also don't typically buy organic because of the cost. Sometimes if there's a very small price difference I'll get the organic, and every now and then I'll see organic apples that are huge so I'll get those instead.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
depends...usually apples and other "sponge"y fruit (like strawberries). other than that, i sometimes pick up hte occasional other fruit or vegetable. for some reason, i go for the organic yogurt. i couldn't tell you why i happen to choose these products, just habit i guess.
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 8 years
i buy as much organic as i can, but the only time i MUST have organic is for citrus that i am going to zest.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years snobs.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Nothing. Who can afford organic produce right now?
tamaradulva tamaradulva 8 years
I just joined on the apple bandwagon after having organic gala apples for the first time. So delicious and much healthier. Never going back now.
oging76 oging76 8 years
I go to whole foods everyweek to buy my fruits, veggies and dairy products. They're pricey but i guess worth it. I hope.
merfie23 merfie23 8 years
I buy almost all organic. Some people spend their $ on handbags and shoes...I eat health food. PS Strawberries should be on the top of everyone's organic only list. They are like sponges and sprayed w/ more pesticides than any other fruit.
Spinach, apples and tofu must always be organic. I dont know why, but I have to. I also try to buy organic berries. Everything else can be standard like cereal.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
I try and always buy bell peppers organic along with spinach because I know those are the two vegetables highest in pesticides... sometimes I just cannot make myself buy organic bell peppers though because they are about $4.99 a POUND which is like 2 peppers! And I eat peppers in about 5 seconds flat. So I just get the conventional kind and wash them off nicely... Who knows if that does anything but oh well...
KMattes KMattes 8 years
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