Last month I wrote about organic food, citing the definition, labeling, farming techniques and benefits. I briefly mentioned the importance of buying certain foods organic vs. conventional. Here is data that delves deeper into the issue, helping to differentiate when organic is the better choice and when it might be OK to wash your food really well and save a couple dollars.
*Developed by analysts at Environmental Working Group (EWG), here are the results for nearly 96,000 tests of pesticides and residues on produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2000-2008.
The Dirty Dozen:
(Produce with the highest levels of residue; in order of most contaminated)
- Bell Peppers
- Imported Grapes
The Cleanest 15:
(Produce with the lowest levels of residue; in order of least contaminated)
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
- Honeydew Melon
* For a wallet size cut-out of the list, please click here.