Earlier this summer, a co-worker introduced me to the Dirty Dozen. The Enviornmental Working Group at http://www.foodnews.org/ compiled a list of the 12 fruits and veggies that have the highest levels of pesticides, even after washing. The list is accompanied by the Clean 15, a list of fruits and veggies with the lowest levels of pesticides. I call these guys the money savers. These are the produce I will gladly buy conventional if they can help me save some of the money i’m using to splurge on the organic versions of the Dirty Dozen. So I think I break even cost-wise but gain the joy of knowing I avoided an average of 10 pesticides daily!
I made a personal goal to avoid the dirty dozen as much as possible. Here’s the breakdown via http://www.foodnews.org/