With the knowledge that organic foods are typically grown using fewer chemicals, why do grocery shoppers still buy inorganic foods? The answer is simple: organic foods cost a whole lot more. Still, when it comes to buying produce, there are foods that you should really consider buying organically, and others where it doesn’t really matter if it’s organic or not, such as fruits with a peel. So if you have a small budget and still want to buy organic, here’s a list of the foods you should prioritize.
First up on the list are berries. Annual testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that non-organic strawberries regularly carry residues of many types of pesticides. Blackberries are also due to special attention because of illegally high pesticide residue levels. Simply put, if you’re going to buy berries, go organic. Other fresh fruits such as conventionally produced cherries, apples and applesauce should also be bought organically if possible.
Then we have kale and spinach. These salad fixings have often been found to have potentially unhealthy pesticide residues.
If you’re still eating meat, make sure to go organic. Non-organic chickens are often raised in tightly confined spaces with hundreds of other birds, causing health problems. Plus, the widespread use of antibiotics has been tied to antibiotic resistance health problems in humans. Hamburgers are much the same, as well as the milk that comes from cows.
Oatmeal, surprisingly enough, is another food that should be bought organic because non-organic oat farmers spray their oats with herbicides to dry them out right before the harvest. These herbicides have been classified as a probable human carcinogen.
Bread is another food to look out for. Preservatives and other additives have been found to be almost four times higher in conventional bread than in organic bread.
Then there’s tofu. Conventional tofu typically comes from genetically modified soybeans sprayed directly with glyphosate weedkiller. Better to avoid it.
Last but not least, eggs. Instead of buying conventional eggs that come from chickens living in battery cages, choose for organic eggs from chickens raised on a diet free from most pesticides and not confined to tight cages.