If you are someone that likes to buy organic produce whenever possible but find yourself wondering if its worth the extra money, there is a great little guide that you can use to help you make that spending decision more wisely. Its produced each year by the Environmental Working Group, a non profit group that does annual testing on conventionally (non organic) grown fruits and veggies to determine the amount of pesticide residue remaining after washing. They use this testing to produce what they call the “The Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” lists of the most contaminated and least contaminated fruits and veggies. I have not found the list changes that much from year to year and I pretty much know it by heart.
If you do buy organic produce, this guide can really help you save money! Since using this list, I do not bother spending the extra for those items on the Clean 15 list. However, for items on the Dirty Dozen list, I always try to get it organic and if its out of season, I will see if there is a frozen option available. Of course, as clearly stated in the summary on this site, eating more fruits and veggies is always a good thing, organic or not.
Click here to be brought to the site where you can download a handy little shoppers guide you can put in your wallet or purse to have on hand when you are shopping. Hope you find this useful!