Bringing It Down to the Earth

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Buying organic foods means supporting both the health of agricultural workers (the use of pesticides have been linked to cancer among some farmers and pickers) and the longterm health of our land. But it’s no secret that organic produce can often be more expensive than its conventional counterpart. Many people see organic food as a longterm investment—buying better quality food today will likely save you money on health costs down the road—but for those of us feeling a pinch in the pocket, it’s important to know that it’s more important to buy some fruits and veggies organic than others.

Below is a portion of the Environmental Working Group’s list of the 47 most-toxic produce (1 being the most toxic, either because of the amount of pesticides normally used on that particular crop, or its vulnerability to the chemicals). Whenever possible, it’s important to buy these items organic:

1. Peach

2. Apple

3. Sweet Bell Pepper

4. Celery

5. Nectarine

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Kale

9. Lettuce

10. Grapes, Imported.

11. Carrot

12. Pear

13. Collard Greens

14. Spinach

15. Potato

Find the full list, along with each item’s toxicity rating, here.

And another handy list from EWG:

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