Understandably, it’s expensive to eat organic. Or you may have difficulty finding organic produce in your area. Here are some options when that’s the case.
According to the Environmental Working Group, you can reduce your intake of pesticides significantly by avoiding the 12 most polluted fruits and vegetables—the dirty dozen—and choosing the 15 cleanest ones. This is a wise idea given that pesticides have been linked to nervous system issues, cancer, hormonal system effects, and skin, eye and lung irritation. Here’s the EWG list.
The Dirty Dozen
- Grapes (Imported)
- Kale / Collard Greens
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Blueberries (Domestic)
- Celery (the worst)
The Clean 15
- Onions (the best)
- Sweet Corn
- Mango (Subtropical and Tropical)
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
- Kiwi Fruit (Subtropical and Tropical)
- Cantaloupe (Domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Honeydew Melon
You might think twice about chowing down on raw celery sticks! For more information and the full list that ranks 50 fruits and vegetables take a peek at the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.
Grow your own
Another option is to grow your own organic vegetables and fruits. If space is an issue, even a few small planters on a balcony can keep you loaded up on strawberries or tomatoes or your other favorites for months. And some people produce much more in a limited space. Try your hand at a small garden if you have ample space. It’s incredibly gratifying to watch your garden grow and enjoy the fruit of your efforts. You might also plant a fruit tree for the years to come.
While the widespread use of pesticides is concerning, there are always options.
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