Organic vs Conventional Produce

Recently I have been making a conscious effort to purchase more organic produce. There is only one issue – it is SO expensive! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list each year of the fruits and vegetables with the most residue left over by pesticides a.k.a the “Dirty Dozen”. As well as a list of the “Clean 15”, produce lowest in pesticide residue. By keeping a handy copy of this list in my purse I am able to stretch my weekly shopping budget by only purchasing items on the “dirty dozen” that are organic!

How important is it to you to purchase organic produce?

Be kind, feel good.


Dirty Dozen – Buy these organic

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines – Imported
  7. Grapes – Imported
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries – Domestic
  12. Potatoes


Kale / Collard Greens
Green Beans

Clean 15 – Lowest in Pesticides

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe – Domestic
  12. Sweet Potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms
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