Eating Organic on a Budget

By September 21, 2014 Budget No Comments
Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Infographic

Are you looking to reduce your pesticide intake but not break the bank?  Here is a tip that will help you do just that.  Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes a rating of conventionally farmed (non-organic) fruits and vegetables with the most and least amount of pesticide residue.  They named the ones with the most pesticide residue the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and the ones with the least the ‘Clean Fifteen’.

Here are the ‘Dirty Dozen‘ for 2014. Purchase these organically grown whenever possible.  EWG’s testing found up to 15 different toxic pesticides on some of these items – no thank you!

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Imported Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Imported Snap Peas
  12. Potatoes

Here are the ‘Clean Fifteen‘ for 2014.  Buy these as non-organic to save some money while reducing your pesticide intake!

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas Frozen
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet Potatoes

There’s a great app for smart phones that makes it really easy to pull up and reference when you are in the grocery store or farmer’s market.  Here are the links to the app for Apple, Android and Windows.

For the full report, visit EWG’s website here.