The “EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for [the following] popular fresh produce items.”
The produce in the “Buy Organically” list has the highest amount of chemicals, and should be avoided to protect your health and ensure that the produce you consume tastes good! The produce in the “Buy Conventionally” list has lower amounts of chemicals, and so can be purchased conventionally without jeopardizing the quality of your health and food.
In order to make eating sustainably and locally more affordable, refer to the following lists when deciding what produce to buy organically. Print the list out so you can bring it shopping!
Buy Organically Buy Conventionally
apples winter squash
strawberries summer squash
peaches snap peas
spinach green onions
sweet bell peppers oranges
cherry tomatoes watermelon
snap peas honeydew melons
potatoes sweet potatoes
hot peppers cauliflower
kale and collard greens eggplant
cherries sweet corn
pears asparagus tangerines onions carrots cabbage green beans pineapple