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Do you want to buy organic, but hate the expense? The lists below can help you decide which fruits and veggies that you should put the extra money towards buying organic and where you may be ok to save money and buy conventional.
Every year The Environmental Working Group, EWG, analyzes pesticide residue of the most popular 48 produce items. They then rank them from the worst to the best. The Dirty Dozen are the top 12 fruits and vegetables with the most chemical pesticides found on them. These "dirty dozen" are items that you should always try and buy organic if you can and I would just avoid if you can't. Keep in mind that these are just the twelve worst ones. There can still be pesticides on fruits and vegetables that are not in the top "dirty dozen" list.
The Dirty Dozen
10. Sweet Bell Peppers
11. Cherry Tomatoes
The Clean Fifteen were the fifteen produce items, out of the 48 produce items that were analyzed, that had the least chemical pesticide residue. Please note that even though Papaya and Corn are on this list, that they tend to be items that are from Genetically Engineered seed stock, so consider buying organic for those items if you want to avoid GE produce.
2. Sweet Corn
5. Frozen sweet peas
12. Honeydew Melon
I know that it can be extremely frustrating that it is more expensive to buy fruits and vegetables without harmful chemicals and pesticides than it is to purchase the ones that do have these nasty chemicals on them. Please know that this price gap is closing every time that we purchase organic by shifting public demand. It is a slow change and victory, but every time you shop and purchase organic items, you are casting your vote and telling the suppliers that is what the we really want to eat!
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