Sunday, August 05, 2007

Organic buying guide

I know these lists have been posted elsewhere but if you are anything like me you forget it not long afterwards so in an attempt to remember them and at least remember where the list is I'm adding it here. I've copied the lists from Gluten Free Vegan Blog.

Mr T and I lately though have been buying almost all organic food from the vic market and it hasn't been that expensive. Around $60 a week which includes fruit, veg, grains (quinoa, couscous, rice etc), nuts, and snacks and often a bulk purchase like Mr T's latest pack of 12 cans of baked beans. Considering most people say they spend around $75-$100 a week on groceries and Mr T eats more food than anyone I've ever met I think that's pretty good.

The top foods you should buy organic because they have the greatest levels of pesticide residue - are:

1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Capsicum
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Pears
9. Grapes
10. Spinach
11. Lettuce
12. Potatoes

The top foods to buy conventional if you can’t get all organic food. These are the conventional foods with the least amount of pesticide residue are (starting with the cleanest):

1. Onions
2. Avocados
3. Sweet corn
4. Pineapple
5. Mangoes
6. Asparagus
7. Sweet peas
8. Kiwi fruit
9. Banana
10. Cabbage
11. Broccoli
12. Papaya


claire said...

I am impressed! I am pretty sure Dave and I spend well over $60 a week.

I love and miss the vic markets... once the worst of winter is over I will drag myself out of bed earlier and head down there for my weekly shop.

Dave and I have borrowed your idea of making a weekly menu. This is our first week doing it, it's a good idea!

kristy said...

I found it saved a fair bit of money too because otherwise we would go to the shops a few times a week and then each time get a few more snacks which added up in the end. It also saves the whole 'mmm what should we have for dinner conversation?'.

Let me know how it goes.