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What Organic Produce Is Worth the Price?

Since it's Earth Day, I thought it would be a fittingly green time to review our produce-buying options. Organic produce can be way more expensive than conventional produce, but some fruits and vegetables you should always try to buy organic, no matter what. Be a smart shopper by knowing when it's worth the higher price and when you can save your money and put the conventional produce in your cart. Need a refresher? Take my quiz!


What Organic Produce Is Worth the Price?


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biarose biarose 7 years
woot 8 out of 8. I shop this way, buying the dirty dozen as organic and rest just normal. It's way too expensive to buy a completely organic.
minxa25 minxa25 8 years
great job org. trade
minxa25 minxa25 8 years
I buy almost everything organics ..that I can afford especially fruit & Veg via monthly fruit my organic box form abel 7 cole Organic is way more than good for you, good for the enviroment & producer
Gwen-G Gwen-G 8 years
7/8 I don't really like spinach
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I can't afford it ergo I don't buy it.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I recently saw a short segment on this on t.v. and answered accordingly. If one can afford it, one should try to buy organic all the time.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
Potatoes, really?
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
AGreed, wackdoodle. I have heard the rule of thumb that it's not necessary to buy organic if you don't eat the skin. So normal oranges and bananas are fine, strawberries and apples get organic.
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I agree that it's completely subjective. It also only focuses on the pesticide levels measured in the product, which is only one little piece of the organic/non-organic debate. The environmental factors aren't even mentioned -- and no, they don't always come out on the side of organic.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Yeah that quiz is highly subjective. According to SciAm you should buy organic/non-pesticide leaden fruits and veggies if they have thin skins or that have flesh that can be permeated by pesticides that cannot be washed or cooked away. Simple test they recommended to see you should buy organic fruits and veggies vs conventional - buy the veg/fruit and soak it in water dyed with food coloring. Let said fruit or veggie soak in the dyed water for an hour. If the dye starts to enter the produce then your standard man made pesticides will also get inside your produce. Buying organic boxed cereal, organic bread, and organic juices is a waste of money because they are processed. As are organic soaps etc.
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