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Organic Shopper’s Go-To Guide

Chef Erin Bailey shows us a list of the most important and least important items to buy organic.

If you can’t always find organics, or can’t always afford the cost, use this simple list to guide you through what’s most important at the store:

The Dirty Dozen
Buy These Organic

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Kale
  10. Cherries
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)


The Clean 15
Lowest in Pesticides

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangos
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Honeydew Melon


The Environmental Working Group put this list together that I found at www.foodnews.com.  I keep a laminated copy of it in my wallet and use it when I’m shopping.  It’s really helpful!

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