The past several months, I’ve been dancing along the line between better-for-your-health and better-for-my-pocketbook food. The following ‘Dirty Dozen’ are the produce found to contain the most pesticides. I’m aiming to buy organic for these items, so how much more does one have to pay to do that?
These are the best prices I’ve found for conventional and organic produce in the St. Paul area. Because produce prices vary so much by time of season, this is a list of what produce goes for in early August, whether it’s advertised as regular price, sale or a in-ad coupon. For items with several varieties, I just chose what I typically buy and noted what it is.
I checked online for Byerly’s and CobornsDelivers.com, checked two weeks of weekly ads for ALDI, Eisenberg’s, Kowalski’s and Rainbow and walked through Cub and Knowlan’s. I relied on others for the rest of the prices. So it is very possible that you’ll find cheaper things elsewhere, and if you do, please let me know. I haven’t gotten any prices from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
FYI: The “Clean 15,” which were found to have little to no traces of pesticides and therefore aren’t as important (for your health, not the planet’s) to buy organic are:
- sweet corn
- sweet peas
- kiwi fruit
- sweet potatoes
- sweet onions