The Dirty Dozen
During these difficult economic times, the thought of paying a premium for organic food can seem ridiculous. I totally understand. So if you feel you are unable to go completely organic, here is some helpful advice.
Whenever possible, choose items from the following "Dirty Dozen" list only when available organically grown:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherries, blueberries
- Grapes (Imported)
- Lettuce, kale
These foods have been shown to carry more pesticide residues than other produce. When in doubt, if it is a thin-skinned fruit or where there is no outer layer you discard, try to choose organic.
And remember, if you have an organic farm, farmers market, or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in your area, these can often be less expensive than grocery store organics (lower costs accrued in transport, packaging, etc), and you would be helping local businesses! :)