when should you spend more for organic?

When you’re shopping for fruits and vegetables, it’s not always easy to convince yourself to spend an extra $2 a pound for organic produce. Sometimes you wonder whether it’s worth it. A good way to make that decision is to spend the extra money for organic produce for the types of produce that tend to have a higher concentration of toxins (pesticides). I can easily remember that you should always buy organic apples and strawberries, but it’s hard to keep track of the rest. It’s nice to see that Food News has produced a downloadable wallet guide for produce showing the 12 most contaminated (“the dirty dozen”) and 12 least contaminated items. Here are the lists:

12 Most Contaminated 12 Least Contaminated
* Peaches
* Apples
* Sweet Bell Peppers
* Celery
* Nectarines
* Strawberries
* Cherries
* Pears
* Grapes (Imported)
* Spinach
* Lettuce
* Potatoes
* Onions
* Avocado
* Sweet Corn (Frozen)
* Pineapples
* Mango
* Asparagus
* Sweet Peas (Frozen)
* Kiwi Fruit
* Bananas
* Cabbage
* Broccoli
* Papaya
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