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