Grist wrote a piece last week discussing the Environmental Working Group's 2012 Shopper's Guide to Pesticide in Produce. (Which we covered last week too.) The guide identifies the "Clean 15" and "The Dirty Dozen," references to the best conventional fruits (pineapple, mango, kiwi) and the twelve you should only buy organic (grapes, apples, peaches) as they're likely covered in potentially harmful pesticide residue.
While the Shopper's Guide recommends buying certain organic fruits, they still would rather folks eat conventional fruits rather than other less nutritious food choices. It's just that, they believe, it all starts with awareness, so if you begin to acknowledge which fruits generally contain more pesticides you can begin to make better informed decisions. Note to my college self: you don't have to buy everything organic. Note to myself today: In addition to buying organic, buying local is pretty excellent, especially if it were to come from the "Clean 15" list.
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Shopper's delight: Here's what to buy organic at Grist
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