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Do I really Need to Buy Organic?

Whether you are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, or you would simply like to know which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues—and which do not—the following 2016 guide from The Environmental Working Group may help.

Click on each item for hints on storage and how to keep them fresh.

12 Most Contaminated – “The Dirty Dozen”

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Pears
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Cherry tomatoes
  13. Cucumbers
  14. Hot Peppers
  15. Kale /  Collard Greens

15 Least Contaminated “Clean 15”

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mango
  9. Papaya
  10. Kiwi Fruit
  11. Eggplant
  12. Honey Dew
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Cantaloupe
  15. Cauliflower
    I feel that eliminating animal products also helps in reducing our exposure to pesticides, as they contain pesticides from the food the animals eat over the years prior to slaughter.

Do you buy organic produce?

1 thought on “Do I really Need to Buy Organic?”

  1. I try to buy organic whenever possible. I estimate that 70% of my produce is organic, and 20% is transitional (labelled “pesticide free”). Many of my science enthusiast friends point out the that there’s not a lot of data to support buying organic. But I don’t need to wait 20 years until the human studies are completed. It makes sense to avoid consuming chemicals designed to kill other species.

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