Saturday, October 24, 2009

Prioritizing Organic Purchases

How to Stretch Your Grocery Dollar

One of the reasons you may hesitate to switch to an organic diet is the expense.Buying organic is surprisingly affordable compared to the cost of the typical processed food diet many families consume. However, if you need to pick and choose which foods to buy organic, the most important foods to buy organic are animal products - not produce. This is because animal foods tend to have higher concentrations of pesticides. Non-organic meats have up to five times more pesticides than non-organic vegetables. Non-organic butter can have up to 20 times as many pesticides as non-organic vegetables. So when prioritizing your purchases, look for organic meats, eggs and dairy products before anything else.

There is one exception to this rule, and this is organic milk. Pasteurization causes far more problems than the pesticides for most people.

Choose fresh local foods over organic foods. Often, locally grown foods are raised according to organic standards at a more affordable price.

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