What To Do If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

1. Produce Stand, 2. Watermelon is love, 3. PAPAYA, 4. Star Fruit

One of my current favourite parenting podcasts is Parenting Unplugged. They were once a weekly podcast but it is now daily (week days), and I particularly enjoy their Tuesday shows when they have an expert on line to interview.

Recently they had an interview with Dr Bob Sears, about his new book Happy Baby: Organic Guide To Baby’s First 24 months. I have gone through stages where I have tried to purchase solely organic food, sometimes partial organic food and now I only buy very minimal organic food. The main factor for the reduction in the quantity of organic food is not because I don’t believe in its benefits, but due to cost factors.

As I have written previously on the blog, we buy over 50 apples a week and then an assortment of other fruits which can include 10 bananas, 10 oranges, strawberries, watermelons and mangoes. We simply couldn’t afford to purchase this volume of fruit if it was organic. Already we make a special early Saturday morning trip to a local market, to reduce the costs.

So I was happy to hear Dr Sears list what he called the “Clean 12”. Todd posted these on the Parenting Unplugged blog and described them as:

the 12 fruits and veggies with the lowest amount of pesticides.

Naturally it would be better to be eating all organic, but here is the list of fruit and veggies that are better to buy if you are buying non organic:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocado
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Corn
  6. Kiwi
  7. Mango
  8. Onion
  9. Papaya
  10. Peas
  11. Pineapple
  12. Watermelon

I was happy to see mangoes and watermelon on the list, and seasonally I will try to include more of these fruit and veggies in my menu plans and shopping lists.

Do you buy much organic fruit and veg?