It’s a question many people have: do I really need to buy organic – it’s so expensive
In an ideal world ALL fruits and vegetables would be organic, or next best – they’d be more affordable. But because buying 100% organic is out of reach for most people, either due to financial or availability constraints (or a bit of both) – the Environmental Working Group – every year undertakes the most in-depth research, to present to us the foods that are MOST and LEAST contaminated with pesticides.
They call it their ‘Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List’ – a catalog of fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residue. Using this, you can be more selective about which foods you will go the extra mile for to get organic, and those where you can cut a little slack.
Here is the 2017 list:
The Dirty Dozen:
Sweet bell peppers
The Clean Fifteen:
Sweet peas, frozen
Strawberries still top the “Dirty Dozen” list — in fact, one sample of strawberries had more than 20 different pesticides.
The increased insect burden has driven up pesticide use. While toxicity levels and concentrations vary by item, synthetic pesticides should be avoided (or severely limited) for infants, babies, and young children, the EWG reports.
“Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they’re grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic,” said EWG senior analyst Sonya Lunder in a statement. “If you can’t buy organic, the Shopper’s Guide will steer you to conventionally grown produce that is the lowest in pesticides.”