The dirty dozen

Foods you should try to buy organic

When considering to switch to organic foods, sometimes it is easier to do it gradually.  No matter how much or how little you want to incorporate the organic life-style into your daily life, there are 12 fruits and veggies that are really important to eat organically for their thin skin that easily absorb pesticides and insecticides.  So start with these!


  1. APPLES
  2. CELERY
  3. BERRIES
  4. PEACHES
  5. SPINACH, KALE, AND COLLARD GREENS
  6. LETTUCE
  7. IMPORTED NECTARINES
  8. IMPORTED GRAPES
  9. SWEET BELL PEPPERS
  10. POTATOES
  11. CHERRIES
  12. PEARS

Important Notes

  • "Dozen" is used loosely as different weather conditions alter which pesticides are used in conventional farming techniques
  • Some experts encourage us to consume only organic meats, milk, coffee, and chocolate as the animals where we get these products are often pumped with steroids or are fed pesticide-filled vegetables

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