Don't buy one more organic piece of fruit or vegetable.
Until you read this article.
This past April, for the 10th year in a row, the non-profit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their Dirty Dozen™ Dirty Dozen guide to the most pesticide-contaminated domestic and imported produce. The guide is compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture data on 48 fruits and veggies with pesticide residue data. About 65 percent of the produce samples test positive.
While it is not relief that two thirds of the conventional fruit and vegetable we buy are contaminated, the good news is that you can make a conscious choice and save some bucks on food that might be safer to buy conventional than organic.
Along with their Dirty Dozen, EWG compiled the Clean Fifteen™, which are the produce items affected the least by pesticide. What does it mean for you? It means that you can safely buy produce that has been proven to absorb little or none of the pesticide that smart farmers spray on them.
To make it easy for you, I arranged below the Dirty Dozen™ produce that you want to buy organic:
However, here is the Clean Fifteen™ that you may buy conventional, and save a few bucks in the process: