A Handy Guide to Buying Organic Produce


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The Dirty Dozen Cheat Sheet is a handy, compact and easy reminder of which fresh products are high in pesticides and which are low. Cool Hunting calls it " the world's cutest pocket guide to buying organic" and from the look of it, we would have to agree.

It's a very straight forward little piece of paper that takes 27 of the most common fruits and vegetables and divides them into two categories: those that usually have a low pesticide content and those that don't. Just keep it in your purse/pocket and pull it out while shopping. How simple is that.

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Created by Heidi Kenney, she has made it so that it is downloadable, and everyone can have their own sweet copy. Very generous and very handy because the biggest complaint about buying organic is how expensive it can be. This guide helps you make the decision on the spot without resorting to the net, the IPhone, your memory.

The information is drawn from the Environmental Working Group , a non-profit that "uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment."

They have drawn up a list of 47 fruits and vegetables which they have rated according to levels of pesticide.

--Fruits and Vegetables Loaded with Pesticides

The top ten worst, i.e. loaded with pesticides are: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce and imported grapes.

--Fruits and Vegetables with the Least Pesticides

Those with the lowest level of pesticides are: onions (the best), avocados, sweet corn frozen, pineapple, mangoes, asparagus, sweet peas frozen, kiwi, cabbage and eggplant.

You have been warned.