Peaches, the dirtiest of the dirty

Peaches, the dirtiest of the dirty

I realize not everyone (including myself) can buy organic produce all the time. In an effort to be green and economical, I thought I’d pass along some information that may help you choose what to buy organic and what you can get away with buying non-organic. A great resource is www.foodnews.org. They have a list that you can download and print of the dirtiest fruits and veggies. Here’s the top 12:

RANK

FRUIT OR VEGGIE

SCORE

1 (worst)

Peaches

100 (highest pesticide load)

2

Apples

96

3

Sweet Bell Peppers

86

4

Celery

85

5

Nectarines

84

6

Strawberries

83

7

Cherries

75

8

Lettuce

69

9

Grapes – Imported

68

10

Pears

65

11

Spinach

60

12

Potatoes

58

What are the cleanest, you ask? Here’s the top 12 fruits and veggies lowest in pesticides:

1.                   Onions

2.                   Avocado

3.                   Sweet Corn (frozen)

4.                   Pineapples

5.                   Mango

6.                   Sweet Peas (frozen)

7.                   Asparagus

8.                   Kiwi

9.                   Bananas

10.               Cabbage

11.               Broccoli

12.               Eggplant

 

Your local farmers’ market is a great way to find fresh produce at a good price. Not sure where the closest farmers’ market is? Check out http://www.localharvest.org/ to find “farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.” What’s your favorite farmers’ market find? Personally, I love the fresh, local honey.

Looking for more resources? Here you go – sign up for the Environmental Working Group’s monthly e-newsletter by going to: www.ewg.org/newsletter/subscribe/. Another great green site is: http://www.thedailygreen.com/. They even feature a green-themed cartoon. How fun is that?!

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