A lot of people ask me if they should eat organic. My answer is always that it is best to buy locally, and here is why. A lot of farmers do grow organically but cannot afford the process of becoming certified organic. When you buy locally you can ask the farmer how the food is grown.
However, if you are shopping and are faced with the option of buying organic (at a higher price) or not organic (at a lower price) what should you do?
The answer is it depends upon the fruit or vegetable. There are certain fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic (the “Dirty Dozen”) and others that you can get away with not buying organic (the “Clean Fifteen”).
This list came to be because the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue. The “Dirty Dozen” are the fruits and vegetables that had the most residue and the “Clean Fifteen” had the least residue.
Here they are!
The DIRTY DOZEN
1. Strawberries
2. Apples
3. Nectarines
4. Peaches
5. Celery
6. Grapes
7. Cherries
8. Spinach
9. Tomatoes
10. Sweet bell peppers
11. Cherry tomatoes
12. Cucumbers
(they added in two more)
13. Hot peppers
14. Kale/ Collard greens
The CLEAN FIFTEEN
1. Avocados
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet peas (frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Honeydew Melon
13. Grapefruit
14. Cantaloupe
15. Cauliflower