organic totem pole.
Call me paranoid but with two small kids it’s important to me to eat as fresh and natural as possible. I realize there’s a lot of debate about organic vs. non-organic and whether or not it’s worth the additional investment, but as our budget allows I try to pick up some of the organic options for items the kids eat most often (milk, applesauce, yogurt, produce for baby food, etc).
So I’ve included the following Organic Totem Pole so that you can prioritize what organic foods to include in your shopping cart. These are fruits and veggies – because dairy and meat have different regulations it is harder to determine specific pesticide levels for those foods.
What is Organic?
According to the USDA, “Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.”
The frugal foodie family Organic Totem Pole
Most Contaminated (and worth the additional investment)
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
Least Contaminated (lower on the totem pole)
- Corn (Frozen)
- Peas (Frozen)
A good rule of thumb is that foods with outer peels contain lower amounts of pesticides.
Best Prices on Organic Foods
- TJs and Sprouts
- Farmers Markets
- CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) like Local Harvest
- Grow your own! That way you are sure to know exactly what is in your food. Plus it’s way cheaper.
So, what’s your take on organic versus non-organic? Is it all hype or do you prioritize organic in your budget?