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Stretch your food budget by picking the best organic food purchases


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Consider the best organic food buys when shopping.

The slightly higher price of organic foods scares some consumers away. For consumers who are as budget-conscious as they are eco-conscious, the Environmental Working Group has developed a "Dirty Dozen" list of 12 foods that are the best organic food buys, since the commercial varieties tend to be highest in pesticide residues. Updated for 2010, the best buys in organic fruits and organic vegetables are:
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
Conversely, some produce tends to be very low in pesticides, even when grown commercially. For example, pineapples, corn and mangoes are peeled before eaten and tend to have less pesticide in their flesh. Others are naturally resistant to pests and therefore need fewer pesticide applications. Save money by purchasing the following fruits and vegetables as regular, non-organic "Clean Fifteen" produce:
  • Onions
  • Avocadoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas
  • Kiwis
  • Cabbages
  • Eggplants
  • Papayas
  • Watermelons
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
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