But--buying all organic can definitely bust the food budget. How can you know when it's worth it to buy organic? Here is where to start:
- Keep a food diary for what you and your children eat for a week. (Pregnancy and early childhood are sensitive times for pesticide exposure.)
- At the end of the week, tally up what you eat the most of.
- Look at where your top foods land on the Environmental Group's "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce" http://www.foodnews.org/
- If any of your top foods land in the top 12 worst for pesticides, consider buying organic.
For an excellent article on the topic-see "Buying Organic--Is it Worth It?" by Stephanie Wood, published in March 08, Baby Talk magazine and also found online. I'm quoted in the article: http://www.parenting.com/article/Mom/Health/Eating-Green-1201726268247