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Buying Organic Foods

There is lots of talk about organic food and maybe your’re on the fence about buying organic or not. If you are, please see this list of “The Dirty Dozen” and also the “The Clean Fifteen”. If you aren’t ready to commit to organic 100% – at least buy the items from the dirty dozen from an organic source whenever you can. The items on “The Clean Fifteen” list, are OK to purchase conventionally.

I have been talking to my students all last month about this list and wanted to share it with everyone…

The Dirty Dozen:
These fruits and vegetables tend to be high in pesticide residue when grown conventionally. Buy them from an organic source whenever you can.

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale, collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce
The Clean 15:
When grown conventionally, these items remain low in pesticide residue. There are fewer advantages to buying them from an organic source.

  • onions
  • avocado
  • sweet corn
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potato
  • sweet onion

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