I hear ya, grumbling about how damn expensive it is to just eat good healthy food. Your kid wants strawberries, good right? Not when they cost $8 a punnet!! A packet of chips would be WAY cheaper!
And now we're all watching the ABC's War on Waste and I don't know about you, but I feel physically ill watching all that produce being thrown out because it doesn't conform to "standards". Give me the little bananas! They'll be just fine!
But despite the cost, I really want food with as little pesticides and other chemicals on it as possible. So, I buy predominantly organic. Sometimes I just can't - money is tight, or I can't source organic produce. But my preference is organic because I try to make choices for my daughter and I that reduce exposure to synthetic chemicals where it is practical and/or possible.
The Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists (www.ewg.org) are a fantastic resource when you are trying to eat healthy on a budget. They test produce for pesticides and pesticide residues and determine which are the most and least contaminated. They are American, but from what I can tell, Australian produce is pretty similar. The Dirty Dozen for 2017 are:
These are things to buy organic to avoid most pesticides. The Clean Fifteen are:
1. Sweet corn
6. Sweet peas frozen
11. Honey Dew Melon
These tend to have minimal chemical residue, therefore making them safer to buy as non-organic.
Check out the Environmental Working Group's website www.ewg.org for more information.