What to Buy Organic: The Dirtiest and Cleanest Produce of 2011
Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Buying organic produce costs more money upfront. However, if you know which produce to buy organic and which is safe to buy non-organic, you can avoid spending money unnecessarily. As always, don’t forget to search for organic produce coupons. Without further ado, here is the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” of 2011, the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue remaining by the time they reach your plate.
The “Dirty Dozen”: Produce to Buy Organic
- Imported nectarines
- Imported grapes
- Sweet bell peppers
- Domestic blueberries
- Kale and collared greens
The “Clean 15”: Produce to Buy Non-Organic
On the other hand, there are the “Clean 15,” produce items that are a-okay to save money on by buying non-organic. These are:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Domestic cantaloupe
- Sweet potatoes
Buying organic produce is always better for the environment and the people working and living in close proximity to the crops, however buying all organic produce just isn’t practical for everyone’s grocery budget. Being aware of the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” can help you budget and invest in your long-term well-being.