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Which fruits and veggies to buy organic?

As much as I'd love to shop all organic, my bank account simply doesn't allow it.  Sometimes the price tags on organic food are so much higher than non-organic, that I can't even imagine being able to spend that much on say, a bunch of bananas.

I decided to do some research on what is worth spending the extra dough to buy organic, and what is less necessary.

The Environmental Working Group looked at data from the FDA and USDA to come up with a list of what fruits and vegetables have the highest and lowest pesticide load.  If you donate to them, you can get a magnet with a list of the "dirty dozen" and "clean 15."

Here's what you should spend extra money on to purchase organic, due to high pesticide loads:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Pears
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Carrots

    And here's what has a low pesticide load:

  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwis
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet Corn
  • Papayas

    You can see a full list here.