To buy organic or not to buy organic? Take a page (literally) from the Environmental Working Group, a health advocacy group consisting of scientists, engineers, policy experts, and lawyers whose mission is to expose threats to our environment. In addition to uncovering big environmental health threats, the EWG works to find small solutions, too. One of those is to help you avoid produce that is heavily sprayed with pesticides.
EWG has created a printable version of its "dirty dozen" list of the 12 most heavily sprayed fruits and veggies, as well as the 15 types of produce with the lowest amounts of pesticides. The list fits easily in your wallet so it can be used as a reference guide when grocery shopping to help you decide when to go organic and when it is OK to opt for less expensive, conventionally grown produce. You do, however, have to sign up for the EWG monthly email newsletter to get access to the printable list. Since the newsletter is chock-full of useful information on pesticides, sustainable agriculture, and other food-related issues, it's a piece of email worth getting.
You can sign up for the newsletter here. Here's to some happy and healthy shopping.