The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

It’s no secret that the benefits of buying organic produce are immense. However, an exclusively organic shopping list can be expensive, especially if you are shopping for your entire family. Luckily, some inorganic produce is still safe to eat. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently updated their Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists, both are handy guides to navigating the produce section of your local grocery store.

I encourage you go to their web site to find out more. I print the list out and give it to friends. I suggest having the lists with you when you shop. Makes life a lot easier, safer, and is kinder on your budget.

Dirty Dozen (plus two!)

These items have the highest exposure to potentially harmful pesticides, and should be bought organic whenever possible.

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Kale and Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash

Clean Fifteen

This list of produce is least affected by pesticides and is considered the safest to buy not organic.

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Frozen Sweet peas
  • Sweet Potatoes

What are some items that you always buy organic, and why? Let us know here. We’d love to hear from you!

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