Debra Lynn Dadd

Choosing Organics Affordably?


In these difficult economic times, I am trying to make healthy choices for my family. I unfortunately, cannot afford to buy everything organic. I have a list of fruits and vegetables that I try and buy organically as well as trying to purchase only the foods that we eat EVERYDAY the same way. However, at the end of the day it seems that all of the food that I purchase ends up being very important to me. So, does anyone have any ideas as to how you are going about choosing your priority list of what to buy organic and what to let slide?

I also have two daughters approaching the age of cosmetics and I would like for them to get started on the right foot. I am looking at Miessence for this need.

Difficult decisions in difficult times!

Atlanta, GA

POSTED BY JG :: GEORGIA USA :: 09/02/2008 4:49 AM


Organic food CAN be expensive. Some ways to save money on organics:
* buy through a coop
* buy in bulk
* buy fresh organic foods and prepare them yourself instead of buying processed organic food products
* choose foods that have a lot of nutrition, to get more nutrients per dollar.

Your question was serendipitous, as this week I had just added a website to Debra's List that answers your question.

Environmental Working Group: Pesticides in Produce lists produce items from most to least amount of pesticides (peaches have the most, onions the least), so you can know where it's most important to buy organic.

But let me also give you a tip that is not on the list. Non-organic meat contains more pesticides than any non-organic produce, and non-organic dairy products contain more pesticides than non-organic produce too, with butter topping the list.

So here's your priority list for buying organic.
1. butter
2. dairy products
3. meat
4. produce (see Pesticides in Produce list above)

Debra :-)


Please buy directly from the farmer at Farmers' Markets (Google and find their locations). They are actually less expensive than grocery stores who have had to factor in transportation, middle men distributors, and their profit. Farmers get less than 18% of every dollar you spend on produce at the market. By buying from them directly, you are supporting them as well as providing for your family.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Of course. Whenever I have been near farmer's markets, I have always gotten amazing deals on the best produce. There are a couple of links on Debra's List that can help you locate farmer's markets and local farms where you can buy directly from the farmer. See Local Harvest and Sustainable Table / Eat Well Guide. Also check the Local Guides page on Debra's List, as local guides usually list farmer's markets and other food sources.


I help people get food stamps (as a social worker), and I had my first occasion this week where a client (a senior citizen actually), told me he'd just switched to organic foods, but could hardly afford them. All I could do was agree with him--my paycheck isn't much higher than his Social Security check! :( I think Debra's tips would be an excellent thing to pass along to clients on food stamps. Thanks!

For those of you out there that are senior citizens, google 'Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.' Here in Michigan, we call this program "Project Fresh" and it gives FREE coupons to seniors to go to Farmer's Markets. Its wildly popular!

POSTED BY M :: MICHIGAN USA :: 09/15/2008 1:05 PM

Organic Clothing is another expensive but sometimes necessary expense for some in these difficult times. I've been fortunate enough to find one on-line retailer whose regular prices for organic clothing to be half to one-third as costly as most other on-line retailers. Their website it . My sensitivities are severe enough to prevent me from wearing anything with dyes or pigments. Their selection includes many "natural" and dyed cloths and at prices within my budget.

POSTED BY DANIEL S. :: TEXAS USA :: 09/30/2008 10:29 AM


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