As we know, the cost of buying organic vs. conventional fruits and vegetables tends to be more expensive. And, to help save a bit of money there are some conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that aren’t cause for concern. But, there are some that we should also steer away from. The EWG recently released its 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It includes the Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean 15 – an easy reference to take to the grocery store as you buy those all important fruits and vegetables.
fruits and vegetables low in pesticide residues:
Corn (I would still buy ‘organic’ just due to GMO)
Sweet Peas (frozen)
Dirty Dozen Plus
fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of pesticides:
Sweet Bell Peppers
For the second year, they expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category point out that domestically-grown summer squash, zucchini and leafy greens are contaminated with pesticides of special concern. Specifically kale and collards were an issue because they were commonly contaminated with pesticides that are highly toxic organophosphates (toxic to the nervous system).
When shopping the Dirty Dozen Plus foods, it’s highly recommended that you buy organic or naturally grown from a source that you know does not spray their produce.
The Environmental Working Group one page guide which you can easily download (to your phone or tablet) and use at the grocery store can be found at 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce!
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