If you like the idea of eating organic food, but hate the hefty pricetag, here’s some important information. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization in the US, has a list showing you how to be a strategic shopper when buying organic fruits and vegetables.
The reason most consumers go for organics is to lower their exposure to pesticides. So the Environmental Working Group tested dozens of fruits and vegetables to determine which are the worst offenders. Some foods grown with conventional farming methods simply don’t absorb the pesticides. Fruits and veg in that pesticide low residue category include onions, mangoes, asparagus, broccoli and eggplant. On the other hand, foods that typically have high levels of pesticide residue include peaches, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, celery and lettuce.
If you are on a budget, those are the things you should be spending your organic dollars on. Go to our website, and we’ll link you to the complete list of 43 fruits and vegetables tested by the Environmental Working Group.