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Is Organic Produce a Waste of Money?

Organic fruits and vegetables can cost anywhere from $0.13 to $4.00 more per pound than conventional produce. We know that organic produce is no more nutritious than regular produce, so does it make sense to pay extra for it?
Regardless of nutrition, conventional produce is grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. With millions of tons of chemical fertilizer used on our produce each year there can be serious consequences to our environment, as well as our bodies.
The Environment Working Group has put together a list of the produce with the most chemicals (some tested positive for over 67 chemicals!), as well as a list of the least-contaminated produce. This second list contains produce that is typically left with little or no chemical residue. One way to save money while still buying organic is try to buy organic from the first list, and buy conventional from the second!
Highest Residue   

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale and collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce

Least Amount of Residue

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions

Do you buy organic produce? If you have any tips to save money on organic produce, we would love to hear them!

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