Money can be hard sometimes for full time students, anyone really. When I chose to go back to school, I knew I’d be sacrificing some luxuries I’d grown used to: for one thing, fairly expensive grocery trips. I’d buy all organic, free-range, grass-fed food. I still prioritize including good animal products in my budget, but I’ve had to make other compromises. I found this really great organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Its “mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.” I’ve been using their app “Dirty Dozen” to highlight the produce on my shopping list that I should buy at our local organic market, and they rest of my list I pick up from the discount grocery store.
The EWG publishes a list of the “Clean Fifteen” and the “Dirty Dozen.” As you can imagine, the Clean Fifteen is a list of popular produce items that are least likely to have pesticide residues; I choose the lowest prices for these items. The Dirty Dozen, on the other hand, is a list of produce items that are very likely to have high pesticide loads, so for these foods, I buy organic.
For those who can afford it, I absolutely suggest choosing organic, local, grass-fed, free-range, non-GMO foods where available. I’d like to be in that position sooner rather than later, but for now my efforts are to make the best choices given my resources and information at hand. The EWG totally helps.