I get a lot of questions about pesticides, commonly things like: “How bad are they really?”, “I heard that they’re not worth the money, is that true?”, and “Which are the most important items to buy organic?”. Well, it can be difficult to maneuver the information in the media, because there are many studies out there and what you read is going to depend on the study that’s being referenced, and certainly who is writing the article.
The Environmental Working Group is the best source of information on this topic. They have summarized research from nearly 100,000 different tests on the 49 most commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. They’re also an independent non-profit organization, totally free from political bias. And now they have a handy wallet-sized print-out that provides their “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” fruits and vegetables. Print this out, put it in your wallet or purse, and you’ll never again have to stress about which fruits and vegetables are ok to buy conventional and which organics to prioritize! You can also get a version on your iPhone. Get the list here, and happy shopping.