The Dirty Dozen is a list published by the Environmental Working Group that prioritizes the fruits and veggies that you should buy organic because of their high levels of pesticide residue.
Even they stress the importance of eating lots of fruits and veggies — organic or not — but if you can only afford to buy some organic produce, you’ll want to start with the dirty dozen. To put your mind at ease, they’ve also published the Clean Fifteen, which lists produce that has low levels of pesticide residue so there’s no need to spend more on organically grown varieties.
Here is the 2011 list:
The Dirty Dozen
8. bell peppers
The Clean Fifteen
2. sweet corn
6. sweet peas
13. sweet potatoes
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