If you haven't heard of the Dirty Dozen, it's time for an introduction. The Environmental Working Group compiles a yearly list of produce that contains the most residual pesticides, with apples being the recent chart topper. We found organic Fuji apples on sale at our market for $1 per pound, and commercial apples priced just over a buck. Other produce items topping the Dirty Dozen list include celery, sweet bell peppers, and peaches, all found in their organic form at our grocery store for only a small amount more.
The Clean 15 shares items that have the lowest amount of pesticides, making them OK to pick up commercially. No need to splurge on organic onions, sweet corn, pineapples, or avocados.
Verdict: Do add organic produce to your shopping cart that are listed in the Dirty Dozen to cut back on residual pesticides in your diet.