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A Pocket Guide of What to Buy Organic

An Organic Cheat Sheet That's Cute to Boot

I'm all about having a little help when I go shopping. I use my Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch pocket guide to know what fish at my market is sustainable. And since I can't afford to buy everything organic, I try to stay away from conventional produce that is high in pesticide contamination and choose their organic counterparts instead.

The Environmental Working Group came up with two lists to help shoppers know what to look for when buying produce. The "clean 15" is made up of conventional produce that's low in pesticides, and the "dirty dozen" are foods that you should always buy organic. Heidi Kennedy, who is behind the cute crafts blog My Paper Crane, turned these lists into the handy pocket guide seen here. I've already printed one out and laminated it so that I always have this guide on me whenever I might be shopping.

valleycycler valleycycler 6 years
My problem with these lists is that they really only take into account the pesticides reaching our bodies through ingestion. Bananas, for example, have an enormous amount of pesticides on them, yet the thick peel protects us. However, the foreign workers who must come in contact with these chemicals daily are being harmed and sickened as a result. I think when it comes to pesticides, we need to consider the social and moral ramifications as well as just our own health.
MomoInsane MomoInsane 7 years
When buying apples, you can sometimes get away with just going local - though of course one will have to ask to know if it applies to ones own local apples. Where I live - though not the states - there is a relatively small (and by that I mean def. commercial, but not huge) grower, who finds it more economically viable to grow the more resistant strains of apples and thus avoid excessive use of pesticides and the like. And the apples are really, really good... Carrots, by the way - also a major, major 'dirty' item. They absorb bigger amounts of stuff than many other fruits and veggies by being ground bound and by being carrots.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i think citrus is on the clean list, because of the thick peel. but i could be mistaken!
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
Organic Bell Peppers are just so expensive here....I just cannot afford those. I wonder where the citrus fruits stand? I usually buy my grapefruit organic.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
For some reason, the organic apples I buy never taste as good as the conventional ones! It is a risk I am willing to take!
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Thanks chloe bella and blueberryKat re: blueberries. Sad, as are so good. Ach, well. Am trying to grow them, so hopefully can avoid.
Rock-Star125929 Rock-Star125929 7 years
I like that. I prefer saving it in my mobile rather than printing ;)
blueberryKat blueberryKat 7 years
blueberries are on the 'dirty' list!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Cute AND helpful, thanks!!! Sourcherries - I would guess that bluberries are on the "dirty" list. Generally, it's foods with thick skin (and/or foods where you peel the top layer off, like onions)that are considered "clean."
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Question: which are blueberries? I just read somewhere that they are also on the "dirty" list--c'est vrai? :(
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
thanks! =)
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