Organic…is it worth it? Top 12 Yes and Top 12 No

‘I should be eating organic, but it costs too much money’

This is the statement that a lot of my friends say when talking about the food we buy, eat, and wish we could buy. I have recently decided to buy as much food, veg, meat organic as possible. Yeah, it’s more expensive..well actually it’s not that much more expensive. Perhaps a bit more, but I mentally feel that it is justified.

Justified or not, we’re all trying to watch our pocketbooks.

So which foods ARE and which foods ARE NOT worth it when buying ORGANIC?

Top 12 food YOU SHOULD buy ORGANIC.

  1. Nectarines– 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  2. Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  3. Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  4. Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  5. Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  6. Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  7. Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  8. Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  9. Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  10. Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  11. Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  12. Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.

The above list was created by United States Department of Agriculture. Interesting stuff.

Top 12 foods you SHOULDN’T be as worried about buying NON-ORGANIC

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn (However, almost all corn is genetically modified)
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Peas

Again this list is based up the United State Department of Agriculture’s Research.

Here is another link that provied a more comprehensive overview of all types of foods that you should buy organic all of the time.

Another website with the YES and NO foods when organic buying.

Either way, it is worth it to put money and effort into comparing these lists and websites to find the foods which you eat and see if they pop up on the same YES or NO lists for organic buying. Potatoes surprised me..interesting. Good to know though.

Happy food buying!

p1010018An organic nectarine I bought. Probably the best nectarines I’ve ever bought…amazing.

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