Many people believe that the pesticides used to grow conventional or non-organic produce may have played a role in their cancer and that removing pesticides from our food may help re-build and strengthen their bodies. Although there is no definitive research proving either belief, should we avoid buying some or all fruits or vegetables that are conventionally grown?
To help answer this question, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization, created the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This guide, which is updated each year, highlights the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. The EWG recommends that if a conventionally grown food tests high for pesticides, buy the organic version instead whenever possible.
The 12 most pesticide-laden foods are known as “The Dirty Dozen”.
When choosing fruits & veggies included in the Dirty Dozen, the EWG suggests buying these foods as ORGANIC.
The 15 least pesticide-laden foods are known as “The Clean 15″.
If the fruit or veggie is listed on the Clean 15, it’s ok to buy it as non-organic or conventional.