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Foods to Always Buy Organic

During times of economic hardship, it can be very difficult to always buy everything you eat as organic; however due to pesticides and other dangerous chemicals it is important to buy some foods always organic.  The main reason is that some fruits and vegetables in particular are always full of unsafe pesticides.  Remember, pesticides are used mainly to increase production and appearance of the food product to be sold.  Organic food is food grown by farmers who pay no attention to the popularity of mass production and “perfection” appearance often desired by most producers in this country.

Fruits are a very essential part of our diet in the sense that they provide us with nutrients like vitamins A, C, and potassium.  Fruits are also important because we often include them with desserts and often we teach our kids that fruits themselves are indeed nature’s dessert.  Fruits that should always be bought organic include the following:

1. Strawberries
2. Cherries
3. Peaches
4. Apricots
5. Apples
6. Bananas (sometimes)
7. Grapes
8. Raspberries
9. Cantaloupe
10. Nectarines

Vegetables, like fruits, are also an important part of our diet.  Vegetables provide us with incredibly important nutrients like vitamin A and folate.  Vegetables, even more so than fruits, should be bought organically because they are often recalled by the Department of Agriculture.  Vegetables that should always be bought organic include the following:

1. Spinach
2. Carrots
3. Celery
4. Corn
5. Lettuce
6. Green Beans
7. Cucumbers
8. Potatoes
9. Squash
10. Hot Peppers

Meats, poultry, and eggs are another group of foods that should be bought organically.  These foods above all other fruits and vegetables are foods that should ALWAYS be bought organically.  It is these foods that usually contain an abnormally high level of horrible toxins not limited to just pesticide, but also hormones.  These synthetic hormones are used in order to make the average chicken bigger.  Between the hormones and pesticides, many studies have shown that there are links to chronic diseases.  The following are foods that should always be bought organic:

1. Chicken
2. Milk
3. Eggs

Now, the decision to buy all these particular foods organically is huge, especially if things are financial tough.  With gas prices soaring higher daily and the price of food generally going up and up, you might think it is a waste of time to even consider buying more expensive food.  Some people might even think buying organic is the same as buying name brand products, it’s just a waste of time.  But before you decide no to buying organic food, think about what is behind the price of organic food. 

The reason why organic food is generally more expensive is because right now growing food organically is not considered mainstream; it is an alternative way of doing things.  This means farmer’s got he extra mile to produce quality products and often because of this cannot afford to produce massive quantities for millions of people to consume on a daily basis.  While it may take some time for this to change, below are some good tips that may be helpful in order to save money when it comes to buying organic food.

• Use your local farmer’s market – Farmer’s markets are great fun for the summertime or year round depending on where you live.  These local markets not only are environmentally friendly in the sense that all food is locally grown so you don’t have to worry about your food traveling hundreds of miles thus pumping gallons of toxic gas into the air.  Farmer’s markets are usually less expensive and you can buy healthy toxic free items in bulk.  Buying in bulk will let you save money.  This is the best deal if you have enough space in your freezer.  Another nice thing about these markets is that the farmers usually love to talk about their produce and how you can prepare it for your family.

• Join a Food Co-op or other community group – All over the U.S., but mainly in bigger cities, you can find a food Co-op.  Generally speaking if you can get to one of these groups, you can save a lot of money, time, and shopping is very easy since most if not all things sold in the store will be organic.

• Buy one food organic at a time – If you can’t afford to buy everything listed above organically, try to buy just the ones you eat the most often organically.  For example, if you eat an apple a day, always buy apples organically.  However, if you eat a banana once a month, there’s no need to make a big deal about going organic with bananas. 
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