Monday, April 20, 2009

which fruits and vegetables should i buy organic?

I'm all for organic food, but it's simply not thrifty for us to buy 100% organic everything every time we shop. We decided that we'd make sure to buy organic for the most contaminated fruits and veggies, and not worry as much about the cleanest ones.

Here is a fantastic list that ranks fruits and veggies based on their pesticide load. I found at FoodNews.org, which is apparently run by EWG (Environmental Working Group).

(Feel free to comment and tell me how to get this huge space out of the middle of the post, as I have no clue.)





























































RANK FRUIT/VEGSCORE
1 (worst)Peach100 (highest pesticide load)
2Apple93
3Sweet Bell Pepper83
4Celery82
5Nectarine81
6Strawberries80
7Cherries73
8Kale69
9Lettuce67
10Grapes - Imported66
11Carrot63
12Pear63
13Collard Greens60
14Spinach58
15Potato56
16Green Beans53
17Summer Squash53
18Pepper51
19Cucumber50
20Raspberries46
21Grapes - Domestic44
22Plum44
23Orange44
24Cauliflower39
25Tangerine37
26Mushrooms36
27Banana34
28Winter Squash34
29Cantaloupe33
30Cranberries33
31Honeydew Melon30
32Grapefruit29
33Sweet Potato29
34Tomato29
35Broccoli28
36Watermelon26
37Papaya20
38Eggplant20
39Cabbage17
40Kiwi13
41Sweet Peas - Frozen10
42Asparagus10
43Mango9
44Pineapple7
45Sweet Corn - Frozen2
46Avocado1
47 (best)Onion1 (lowest pesticide load)


I hope this is as useful to someone out there as it is for us!

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