Yes, buying Organic can be expensive, but the trick is knowing when it’s actually necessary to spend the extra money.
Those listed under the “Always Buy Organic” heading tend to be heavily laden with pesticides, while those on the “Non-Organic is Okay” list are not.
Those that are okay to buy conventionally tend to not need pesticides, due to the natural protective properties of the plants that ward off insects(such as in onions and cabbage) and/or have a thick protective layer that the consumer peels away before eating.
If buying a leaved vegetable, always peel away the outer layer of leaves to ensure removal of the bulk of pesticides and debris.
This doesn’t, by the way, mean that it’s okay to skip washing your fruits or vegetables(even when you buy organic!).
Keep a spray bottle of full strength vinegar next to your kitchen sink. Spray each vegetable or fruit(even those that you peel – remember that bacteria can be transferred to the fruit during the peeling process) and wash before eating.
This helps remove surface debris and safely kills germs.
Print and keep this list in your wallet when shopping, so you can refer to it regularly, and save money.