The Dirty Dozen

By know you should know the advantages of eating organically, both for your health and the earth’s.  However, it can get expensive to buy all organic, and depending on where you live it can be hard to find all the produce you want.  So how should you prioritize your organic purchases?  The Environmental Working Group has answered this question for us.  They tested 44 common fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue after being washed and peeled if they typically would be peeled (like bananas and onions).

Here are the top “Dirty Dozen” in order with 1 being the worst.
1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Lettuce
9. Imported Grapes
10. Pears
11. Spinach
12. Potatoes
You can see the rest of the list and get more information at

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