I realize this topic is not original or new. Many people have written on the topic of the Environmental Working Group's findings on the top foods you should buy organic and the foods that are okay to purchase as conventionally grown. However, the list varies from opinion to opinion and I needed a resource to put it all together in one spot so that I could find it quick. I was very close to getting it tattooed on my arm so it would always be handy when I was shopping. Putting it here makes it just as accessible and way less painful. So I thought I would share.
Dirty Dozen? - Foods that you should buy organic due to high pesticide residues.
- Cherry Tomatoes (Tomatoes in general if you want to avoid GMOs)
- Hot Peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Potatoes (also due to GMO)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- GreensZucchini (GMO)
- Summer Squash (GMO)
- Green Beans Clean 15? - Foods that are typically low in pesticide residue
- Sweet Corn* (Buy organic anyway due to GMO)
- Frozen Sweet Peas
- Papayas* (could be GMO)
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
My personal yuck factor 5 - just buy organic anyway
- Soybeans or soy products (GMO)
- Meat & Eggs (Animals are typically fed GMO grains.)
- Dairy Products (for the same reason above and due to growth hormones)
- Corn or corn products including Canola Oil (GMO)
- Cottonseed Oil (GMO)
Just a little extra tidbit: A lot of foods can be found locally through farm stands and farmers' markets. Don't be afraid to ask the farmer, they are usually very open about their practices. Don't let the fact that you don't see an organic sign drive you away either. Many farmers practice sustainable responsible farming but do not apply to go through the process of being labeled organic.
Posted by Carla B.