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When to Buy Organic


Print and keep this list with you when you go food shopping.

The Dirty Dozen

(starting with the worst)

celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries (domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale/collard greens, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported).

The Clean Fifteen

The following 15 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that the EWG dubbed “The Clean Fifteen,” because they were shown to have little pesticide residue.

onions, avocado, sweet corn (frozen), pineapples, mango, sweet peas (frozen), asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe (domestic), watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and honeydew melon.

Buying organic everything, if the budget allows, is always better for the environment and helps promote local and organic farmers.

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