Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces two lists: The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residue. These are the items that you should always buy organic. The Clean Fifteen is a list of the fruits and vegetables that have the least pesticide residue. These are the items that you do not really need to buy organic. For any items not on the list, you would want to buy organic, if available.
The 2018 Dirty Dozen list:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Hot Peppers
This list is the same as the 2017 list, but they added Hot Peppers to make it a baker's dozen. Yes, there are thirteen there. While blueberries are not on the list, I would also strongly recommend getting organic blueberries rather than conventional if they are available.
The 2018 Clean Fifteen
- Sweet Corn (can be GMO, so buy only non-GMO)
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Papayas (can be GMO, so buy only non-GMO)
- Honeydew Melons
This list is almost the same as 2017 list. The only difference is that grapefruit was dropped from the list and broccoli was added. You can buy conventional instead of organic for these items as there is no appreciable difference. Of course, you can always buy these items organic if you are extra sensitive and you would like to support organic farming.
I would love to hear your thoughts on organic versus conventional fruits and vegetables. do you find organic items to be too expensive? Are organic items available in your area?