What you should buy organic & what you can buy conventionally

 When buying produce it’s important to buy local and organic when you can. When that isn’t possible, there are some guidelines to pay attention to regarding what foods you really should buy organic and which you can buy conventionally if necessary. Foods that you absolutely should buy organic include: apples, celery, leafy greens, grapes, bell pepper, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, cherries, kale, carrots and pears. These are the foods that have the highest levels of pesticides when grown conventionally. The following foods have thick skins or simply have lower pesticide levels: mangos, watermelon, pineapple, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant and papaya.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vegan Epicurean
    Apr 21, 2010 @ 21:28:14

    Aimee,

    Great post. I actually keep this list in my phone so I have it at store in case I can’ t find organic. Do you know how often it is updated? I usually check the list at the Environmental Working Group. Where do you get your list?

    thanks,
    Alicia

    Reply

  2. Miel
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 23:12:24

    Hi Aimee,
    I loved this post as I often wonder when I am facing the veggies and fruit in the grocery store, which to turn to. It seems also that very often the organic equivalents are cheaper than the conventially grown when on sale.
    Miel

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