Buying organic on a budget

GiGi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, shares advice for parents on which foods are most important to buy organically and how to buy organic foods on a budget
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Buying organic on a budget

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So if you are not always able to buy organic, it's important try to choose and prioritize the products that are not sprayed as heavily as others. So, for example, you want to buy organic the fruit that has the thinner skin such as strawberries, and like the peaches and apricots, because they have thinner skins. So those tend to be more heavily sprayed. On the other side, if you choose, you know, the ones with thicker and harder skins such as bananas or pineapples, those are ok to buy non-organic. But one of the great things is that with the awareness of what you choose to buy and how to prioritize, practices are changing and so what was once a heavily sprayed product is becoming less sprayed, because simply consumers are not purchasing the heavily-sprayed products. So one way to check on what's current in terms of the best products to choose organic, if you can't always buy organic, is EWG.org have a list called 'The Dirty Dozen' and they also have a list called 'The Clean Fifteen'. So the Dirty Dozen are the 12 you want to avoid and try to buy organic, and the Clean Fifteen are the ones that are safer if you cannot buy organic, then it's ok to buy conventional. Additionally, many retailers often have more budget friendly products that are more accessible. So, for example, Target and Trader Joes, and even Walmart and CostCo, have quite a wide range of organic products available.

GiGi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, shares advice for parents on which foods are most important to buy organically and how to buy organic foods on a budget

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Gigi Lee Chang

Former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World

Gigi Lee Chang is the CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, a national non-profit organization which empowers parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals. She is a frequent speaker on various topics, including children’s health, food and nutrition, as well as socially conscious/sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship and was awarded “Brand Innovator 2008” and “2010” by Brand Packaging. In addition, Gigi has been featured in over 250 national and regional media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, MORE magazine, Yogi Times, KIWI Magazine, Cookie, Parenting, OK! Weekly, Celebrity Baby Blog, TODAY Show, Newsweek and Time Out New York Kids. Gigi is also the Founder of Plum Organics and on the advisory boards of Environmental Media Association (EMA), Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM), International Baby Planners Association (IBPA) as well as Friends of Baby Buggy.

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