Buying organic food can be overwhelming and expensive. It’s pretty unrealistic for us to go 100% organic in our households, so we should focus on the foods that contain the highest amounts of pesticides and always buy organic for these foods. I pulled this info straight from a really informative green blog: www.thedailygreen.com.
According to the Environmental Working Group, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating only the cleanest. If consumers get their USDA-recommended 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies from the 15 most contaminated, they could consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally grown produce ingest less than 2 pesticides daily.
EWG has been publishing guides to the “dirty dozen” of most pesticide contaminated foods since 1995, based on statistical analysis of testing conducted by the USDA and the FDA. On the flipside, EWG also publishes the “Clean 15” lowest in pesticides. Below are the lists for you to refer to the next time you’re at the grocery store.
THE DIRTY DOZEN (worst offenders, always buy organic)
7) Bell Peppers
12) Grapes (imported)
THE CLEAN 15 (best with the lowest amounts of pesticides, don’t necessarily need to buy organic)
3) Sweet Corn
6) Sweet Peas
14) Sweet Potato
15) Honeydew Melon
Happy organic shopping, Smarties!