If you’re wanting to eat more organic produce but are on a tight budget, the Environmental Working Group has published a list of foods that you should definitely buy organic due to the high amounts of pesticide residue, and a list of the those items that are safe to buy conventionally.
Why is it important to eat more organic produce?
Pesticides are implicated in various health issues such as disrupting brain development, behavioral issues, cancer, and the decline of honey bees. Pesticide exposure is more detrimental for children because the dose they receive is more concentrated due to their smaller bodies.
The list includes:
The Dirty Dozen
Produce that should be purchased organically:
7. sweet bell peppers
10. cherry tomatoes
11. snap peas
…plus lettuce, collards, & kale
…plus blueberries and cherries
…plus summer squash & zucchini
See the full list
The Clean Fifteen
Produce that is safe to purchase conventionally:
2. sweet corn
5. frozen sweet peas
15. sweet potatoes