Which Produce Should You Buy Organic? Dirty Dozen List

by Jennifer Boudreau on July 15, 2014

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Buying organic can be a very confusing topic. We are so overwhelmed with information surrounding organics and GMO’s that it can be difficult to navigate the grocery store aisles! If you’re on a tight budget it can be tough to decide if you should buy organic or not. Here is a tool I use to make my organic shopping decisions:

Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 List

The Dirty Dozen list consists of the twelve fruits and veggies which have the HIGHEST amount of pesticide residues. The Clean 15 is the list of fruits and veggies which have the LOWEST amount of pesticide residues.

Note-even though they’re not on the Dirty Dozen list, we also buy our raspberries and blueberries organic. We do this simply because they are high on the list for pesticide residues PLUS we eat a lot of them. If there is a fruit or veggie you eat a lot of, where you DO eat the skin, it’s a good idea to still buy organic. As an example, if you eat salad every single day, it’s still a wise choice to buy organic greens. On the flip side, if you eat a lot of bananas, it isn’t critical to buy organic because you don’t eat the skin? Make sense?

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