Eating and growing food organically and without genetic modification is better for our health and our planet. If cost is a factor, at least follow the recommendations of the Environmental Working Group and at least buy organic.
The Dirty Dozen
The 12 foods which their tests show are the most contaminated with pesticides which include:
Apples, Celery, Cherries, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Hot Peppers, Nectarines (imported), Peaches, Potatoes, Spinach, Strawberries & Sweet Bell Peppers--plus Collards & Kale, Summer Squash & Zucchini.
The Clean Fifteen
The 15 items with the least pesticide residues which include:
Asparagus, Avocados, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Corn, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Papayas, Pineapples, Sweet Peas (frozen) and Sweet Potatoes. Click here for EWG's current Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.