A few weeks back we posted "Why choose organic?" We understand an organic lifestyle can be expensive so here we will present you with some of the fruits and vegetables that ranks the highest and lowest is pesticide residue.
Every year the Environmental Working Group releases a report of the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean Fifteen". The Dirty Dozen are the produce which test highest for the amount of pesticide residue and the Clean Fifteen has the least amount as tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. Using this list is way of limiting the amount of pesticides you consume and still staying within your budget. The Dirty Dozen are those fruits and vegetables you should ALWAYS buy organic and if you have to make a choice, the Clean Fifteen are the ones that you can buy conventional (non-organic).
The Dirty Dozen:
Leafy Greens (collard, lettuce, kale, spinach)
Peppers (sweet bell peppers, hot peppers)
Snap Peas (imported)
The Clean Fifteen:
Sweet Peas (frozen)
To get the full list visit the EWG 48 Fruits and Vegetables with Pesticide Residue Data.