Buy organic, most of the time

Official seal of the National Organic Program

The organic stamp of approval is highly regarded because it means that the foods that carry it haven't been exposed to pesticides, fungicides, insects, pests, etc. - unlike their "conventionally grown" cousins. Yuck!

Luckily, The Environmental Working Group has created a list of the "Dirty Dozen." The list features twelve fruits and vegetables that SHOULD DEFINITELY be purchased with the organic label on them:

  1. Apples
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. Carrots
  4. Cherries
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Kale
  8. Lettuce
  9. Nectarines
  10. Peaches
  11. Pears
  12. Strawberries
Some of the produce on the dirty dozen list are sprayed with pesticides DAILY before they end up on the produce aisle of your local supermarket - beautifully waxed and oddly shiny. I always wondered how apples looked so beautiful after withstanding the elements. Yucky wax, that's how. Ingesting pesticide is not AS BAD as NOT EATING ANY produce at all but I'd think most of us would want to eliminate the amount of toxic chemicals in our bodies. (Personally, I'd rather drink tequila).

The people at the Environmental Working Group are so understanding of our budgets, that they've also organized a Clean Fifteen list for us to consider while we shop. This list consists of NON-ORGANIC fruits and vegetables that are okayto purchase. The foods that show up on this list either have thicker skin or are not as exposed to pesticides as the Dirty Dozen:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocado
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cabbage
  5. Eggplant
  6. Kiwi
  7. Mangoes
  8. Onions
  9. Papaya
  10. Pineapple
  11. Sweet Corn
  12. Sweet Peas
  13. Sweet Potato
  14. Tomatoes
  15. Watermelon