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What Produce to Buy Organic

Here's a nice way to spend your organic dollar wisely. The hard-working analysts at the Environmental Working Group have compiled an updated listing of pesticides in produce. You can download a handy wallet guide to the "dirty dozen" and "cleanest twelve", and save serious kishkash on conventional onions and avocado while making sure to buy most of your favorite fruits organic. Just look at the worst two - how do you like them apples? Of course, if you've got the means, it does the environment good to buy them all organic. They've got a fascinating full dataset of all 43 fruits and veggies as well.

For those too busy to click through, here's what you need to know:

The Worst (Buy These Organic):

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes (imported)
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes

The Best (Lowest in Pesticides):

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn (frozen)
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas (frozen)
  8. Kiwi Fruit
  9. Bananas
  10. Cabbage
  11. Broccoli
  12. Papaya