When to buy organic?

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When to buy organic?


In most cases it makes sense to buy organic foods. Unfortunately these foods are more expensive, not always available and can spoil more quickly.  There are some simple rules to help stretch your dollar and to minimize the impact to your wallet and your health.

Buy organic meat and poultry, animal products can store toxins in their fat and tissues in high concentrations. Look for and purchase free range organic meats and poultry.


For fruits and vegetables there are foods that have a high pesticide residue.  There are others that have a consistently low level of pesticide residue.


The high pesticide residue fruits and vegetables are known commonly as:


The Dirty Dozen


Peaches Apples
Sweet bell peppers Celery


Cherries Pears
Grapes (imported) Spinach
Lettuce Potatoes


Then there are:

The Cleanest Dozen


Onions Avocado
Sweet corn Pineapples
 Mango Asparagus
Sweet peas Kiwi
Bananas Cabbage
Broccoli Papaya



Ranking Highest Pesticide Residue 1= worst

Rank Produce
1 Peaches
2 Apples
3 Bell Peppers
4 Celery
5 Nectarines
6 Strawberries
7 Cherries
8 Pears
9 Grapes
10 Spinach
11 Lettuce
12 Potatoes
13 Carrots
14 Green beans
15 Hot peppers
16 Cucumbers
17 Raspberries
18 Plums
19 Grapes domestic
20 Oranges
21 Grapefruit
22 Tangerine
23 Mushrooms
24 Cantaloupe
25 Honeydew melon
26 Tomatoes
27 Sweet potatoes
28 Watermelon
29 Winter squash
30 Cauliflower
31 Blueberries
32 Papaya
33 Broccoli
34 Cabbage
35 Banana
36 Kiwi
37 Sweet pea
38 Asparagus
39 Mango
40 Pineapples
41 Sweet corn
42 Avocado
43 Onion