If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to buy everything organic, you can still reduce the amount of pesticides on your dinner plate by shopping wisely. Knowing which foods contain the most pesticide residues can make your budget organic shopping easier. For example, strawberries and apples have high pesticide residues and should be bought organic whenever possible. Ditto for celery, spinach, bell peppers, and pears.
Which foods are safe? A good rule of thumb is whether the produce has removable skin. Avocados, bananas, onions, pineapples, kiwis, papayas, oranges, and corn can all be bought non-organic without too much worry.
Another way to buy affordable organic produce is to shop at farmers’ markets. There’s often a good selection of organic produce. Or you can go straight to the farms themselves. In California, many farms have stands that sell organic produce at prices much lower than you’ll find in the local supermarket or health food store.