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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Buying organic?

According to the Environmental Working Group, there are 12 types of produce that contain the most pesticides and should be purchased as organic.

Labeled as the "Dirty Dozen" these items are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, domestic blueberries, lettuce and kale/collard greens.

The EWG also lists certain types of produce as the "Clean 15", which contain the least amount of pesticides. These items are onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, domestic cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes,grapefruit and mushrooms.

What types of organic produce do you buy? Do you find it's worth the extra money?

Photo by Natalie Maynor

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Blogger nvanputt said...

We purchase as much organic produce as possible. Meijer does a decent job of stocking organic produce at a reasonable price. The Farmer's Market in Kalamazoo also has good choices, but their prices are higher and the quality is hit and miss depending on what farmer the produce came from. Buying organic is not an option in our house, so not having to worry about chemicals is completely worth any extra money we might spend. As we spend most of our grocery money in the produce/dairy section it's a worthwhile benefit.

February 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM  

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