Not sure when to spend the extra money on organic produce? The good news is that not all produce absorb chemicals in the same way so not everything you buy needs to be organic. All you need are two helpful lists to guide you at the grocery store. The Dirty Dozen is a list of produce that when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals. If you are looking at produce on this list, buy organic! The Clean 15 is a list of produce that bore little or no traces of pesticides so it is safe to consume in non-organic form.
The Dirty Dozen:
Celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach/kale/collard greens, cherries, potatoes, imported grapes, lettuce
The Clean 15
Onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, mango, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, sweet onions
For more information visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/health/the-dirty-dozen-and-clean-15-of-produce/616/