How to Prioritize Organic Produce Purchases

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Some produce has more pesticides than others. Where organic isn't always available, it is good to know which produce is safest. This is a page about how to prioritize organic produce purchases.


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Organic produce is always more costly or unavailable locally where I live so I can't always buy organic.

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) creates a Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list every year based on USDA data regarding the 12 most pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables and 15 containing the least pesticide residues.
To save yourself some money, use this list to choose/prioritize your organic produce purchases.

The Dirty Dozen (in order) are:

  • strawberries
  • spinach
  • nectarines
  • apples
  • peaches
  • celery
  • grapes
  • pears
  • cherries
  • tomatoes
  • sweet bell peppers
  • potatoes

The Clean 15 are:

  • sweet corn
  • avocados
  • pineapples
  • cabbage
  • onions
  • frozen sweet peas
  • papayas
  • asparagus
  • mangoes
  • eggplant
  • honeydew melon
  • kiwifruit
  • cantaloupe
  • cauliflower
  • grapefruit

Link: EGW Dirty Dozen for 2017, updated every year.

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