Choosing to buy organic food is a double-whammy of goodness – – not only is it healthier for your family, but it also helps support a more sustainable environment and economy. With that said, I know budgets are tight and sometimes a special shopping trip is needed to find organic produce, (Local Harvest is a great resource for finding a farmer’s market near you).
I recommend buying organic when you can – – but when you can’t, you can use Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to help remember The Dirty Dozen – the 12 fruits and veggies that have been shown to contain the most residual pesticides and are the most important to buy organic.
- Nectarines (imported)
- Grapes (imported)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Blueberries (domestic)
- Kale / Collard Greens
The Clean 15 – the fruits/veggies least likely to test positive for residual pesticides – are safer to choose conventionally grown: Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Mangoes, Eggplant, Cantaloupe (domestic), Kiwi, Cabbage, Watermelon, Sweet Potatoes, Grapefruit, Mushrooms.
You can get the nitty-gritty on the research and data about your other favorite fruits/veggies on EWG’s website.