How to Eat Organic, Part 1: The Dirty Dozen

In my previous post I talked about the importance of eating organic. Not only because is healthier for you and your family but also because organic farmers generally use less energy, generate less waste, cause less soil erosion, sustain more diversity, enable wild life to thrive and provide healthier conditions for workers.

I used to think feeding my family organic would cost me an arm and a leg. Though organic sometimes can be more expensive than buying conventional, that doesn’t mean it’s not accessible to families on  a budget. The following list will help you prioritize which fruits and vegetables to buy organic and which ones you can buy conventional.

For the complete and updated (June 2012) complete list visit:
I don’t know you but “Low Levels” is still not low enough for my family and me, so I hope you keep in mind that when you do buy conventional produce even those you can peel like bananas, although you are not consuming much of the pesticides yourself, the toxins are still there, having an impact in the environment. It doesn’t just affect you but also those involved in growing them. By buying organic you are supporting a cleaner and more sustainable world. The kind of world I want my son to grow up in!
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About Stephanie

Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children.


  1. Hey mama –

    Redhead Baby Mama here. This is good stuff! My computer won’t cooperate to let me “follow”, so I’ll manually stop by a lot. Thanks for helping me learn!

  2. Glad you like it!

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