For some the debate still continues if organic is better than conventional. We’ll let you make your own decision on this one. However, one thing that is a known fact is that some fruits and veggies contain more pesticides and insecticides than others. Insecticides such as organophosphate that have been found in collared greens and kale affect the nervous the system and are highly toxic. Organophosphate has largely been removed from use however it is not banned.
GMO (genetically modified) foods are also becoming more popular these days and corn continues to be high on the list. Make sure to read labels, as most times you will find items listed as Non-GMO.
Below is a list of the dirty dozen that should be bought organic.
3. Sweet bell peppers
6. Nectarines -imported
Plus: Green beans
We should also mention that buying organic from another country has risks too, as their labeling laws may be different than here in the states, such as Mexico.
To see the Clean 15 list of fruits and veggies that are lowest in pesticides click here.
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Resources: Environment Working Group for their 2012 Shopper’s Guide