Last week I wrote about how more people are choosing unhealthy food to cut back on their expenses, as a result of this on-going global economic crisis.

And to follow up on that, here are some tips on how you can spend less dollars, and still eat healthy (how great  is that?!)  — based on “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” report by a green organization called Environmental Working Group (EWG).

  • If you do not have enough budget to buy everything organic, try saving your dollars for “high-risk” produce. According to the report by EWG, produce such as peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, strawberries, lettuce, carrots and pears get highly contaminated by pesticides. (even if you rinse them before you eat) Thus, it is highly recommended that you put them on top of your list when going organic-grocery-shopping.
  • For items like onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, asparagus, cabbage, kiwi, watermelon, broccoli and tomato, (more…)

Yes…I buy organic locally-grown eggs.  However, I did some research before doing so.  I didn’t just buy eggs because they say organic, free range, or cage-free on them.

To me, organic has to do with what they’re fed and (hopefully not) injected with:

  • no hormones
  • no antibiotics
  • organic feed (which has a whole other sort of debate in and of itself)

Whereas, in the US, free range means NOTHING.  It’s a word on a carton.  There is no standards, so just don’t buy it!!  There is no specific set amount of time that a chicken needs to be outside in order to label them “free range”.  Read this article for more info.

A main reason why go for the big O, is mainly because of the quality of the goods (in most cases).  With eggs especially, uncomfortable quarters and poor feed of chicken lead to sub-par eggs.  I can actually taste the difference in the eggs.  Call me crazy all you want.

Happy chickens make happy eggs :)
Happy chickens make happy eggs 🙂

My suggestion is to go to a local co-op or farmer’s market and talk to the producers/farmers.  Get the specifics of how they treat the chickens as well as what they feed them.  Most of them of honest and reliable people who know what they’re talking about, but don’t take my word for it until you talk.