Organic food is more expensive. Just a fact. Is it worth it? Yes. That is my opinion.
Now let's say, like me, you can't afford to eat everything organic, or what you want not available organic- My rule is always to go organic and local first, and local second. With that in mind however, there are certain foods that I will never ever ever never touch if they are grown conventionally. There are also foods that may be grown organic, but having to travel such long distances, will be sprayed after they have been harvested (hence my challenge with my organic strawberries that came all the way from Mexico).
The Environmental Working Group just published a list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. For the full list, go here.
The Dirty Dozen (in descending order from worst to still pretty bad)
- Sweet Bell Pepper
The Clean Fifteen (in descending order from spic and span to still okay)
- Sweet Corn (frozen)
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Sweet Potato
Now, there are some of these I personally agree with and some that I do not. My inherent feeling is that if we are going to be eating the peel, say with tomatoes, we probably want it grown with as little chemicals as possible. My other feeling is that slower growing foods, like squashes and melons, that will be sucking up more from the earth, should be organic. I know this is a bit of a heated and debated issue, but ultimately we just have to do the best we can.