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Demand is high for organic foods these days, but a problem many people have with organic food is the expense. So how do you buy organic food on a budget?

First, try to plan your meals ahead of time. Knowing the type and amount of ingredients you will use for the week will reduce the amount of food you have to throw away because it spoiled before you could use it.

Also you don’t have to buy everything organic since some produce contains more pesticides than others. According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 list, you should by these organic:
Strawberries, Apples, Nectarines, Peaches, Celery, Grapes, Cherries, Spinach, Tomatoes, Sweet bell peppers, Cherry tomatoes, and Cucumbers. These are okay to buy conventional: Avocado, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Cabbage, Sweet peas (frozen), Onions, Asparagus, Mango, Papaya, Kiwi, Eggplant, Honeydew Melon, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, and Cauliflower.

Remember that eating fresh fruits and vegetables, even if they’re not organic, is better than not eating vegetables at all.

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