Buying organic food that you know is free from pesticides can get really expensive and fresh fruit and veg are up there with the items that will make your shopping bill soar. The issue is that pesticide-based agriculture can significantly affect fruits and vegetables the whole way along the production process.
There is a silver lining however as The Environmental Working Group estimates that we can reduce our exposure to pesticides by 80 percent if we simply know which foods typically have the highest pesticide residue and therefore should be bought organic.
To help consumers out, the EWG compiles an annual list called “The Dirty Dozen,” which highlights the top twelve most important fruits and vegetables to purchase organic due to their high pesticide content. The EWG also compiles “The Clean 15,” – the foods lowest in pesticides and therefore safest to buy conventionally and not organic. We have put these two lists together for you here, to use on your next shopping trip.