Q/ I can’t af­ford to buy every­thing or­ganic. Where can I save money?

Clean Eating - - LETTERS & ADVISORY BOARD -

A/

It’s true that or­ganic foods cost more than con­ven­tion­ally grown prod­ucts, but not every­thing you buy has to be or­ganic. The main rea­son for choos­ing or­ganic is so you can avoid the nasty pes­ti­cides that are sprayed on crops and the hor­mones and an­tibi­otics fed to an­i­mals. We rec­om­mend you con­sult the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group’s an­nual list of the “Dirty Dozen,” the 12 crops with the high­est lev­els of pes­ti­cides. Its “Clean 15” list will help guide you as to which con­ven­tion­ally grown foods are gen­er­ally safe to stick with. In ad­di­tion to th­ese lists, here are our tips for go­ing or­ganic on a bud­get: Shop store brands’ or­ganic lines; buy from lo­cal farm­ers; scoop items from the bulk bins; and buy ex­tra when it’s on sale and freeze for later use.

– ERIN MAC­DON­ALD, RDN & TIF­FANI BACHUS, RDN

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