Shopping Guide to Buying Organics

Let’s face it: buying organic can be pricey, and sometimes it’s just not in our budgets to buy everything organic. When you’ve got to be choosy, it helps to also be informed.

The Environmental Working Group released its 2010 guide to organic shopping. The guide lists food items that are the most likely to be contaminated with pesticides, the “Dirty Dozen,” and those that are more safe to purchase conventionally, or the “Clean Fifteen.”

Here’s health and wellness expert Dr. Andrew Weil talking a bit about the new guide:


The updated Dirty Dozen contains many of the same foods as last year’s guide, like peaches, celery, and imported grapes. There are some new additions, too. Spinach is now on the list, along with potatoes and collard greens.

So what about the Clean Fifteen? Papaya no longer makes the cut, but cantaloupe is now included. They replaced broccoli and tomato with grapefruit and honeydew melon.

Want to check out the whole list? You can view it or download a pdf on the EWG website. IPhone users can grab the free Dirty Dozen app and have the list on hand whenever they need it.

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