Buying organic: When it pays and when it doesn’t

Kitchen Gardeners International describes Consumer Reports response to the question:

How does one decide which organic items to buy and which ones to pass by at the grocery store?

Source: Kitchen Gardeners International: Buying organic: When it pays and when it doesn’t.

The good folks at Consumer Reports have come up with some general guidelines that might help. In addition to considering their guidelines, also consider another question: is there is alternative available that, although not certified organic, is natural and local? Some small farmers who sell locally don’t go to trouble of being certified organic yet much of what they grow is.

Buy these items organic as often as possible

  • What: Apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, and strawberries.
  • What: Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy.
  • What: Baby food.

Buy these items organic if price is no object

  • What: Asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mangos, onions, papaya, pineapples, and sweet peas.
  • What: Breads, oils, potato chips, pasta, cereals, and other packaged foods, such as canned or dried fruit and vegetables.

Don’t bother buying these items organic

  • What: Seafood.
  • What: Cosmetics.