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TOPIC: 12 Foods You Don't Have To Buy Organic

12 Foods You Don't Have To Buy Organic 17 Aug 2008 12:13 #3802

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Twelve foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic

The Environmental Working Group , a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, produces the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce. (see the whole list at this link) It is based on the results of nearly 43,000 pesticide tests.

Organic fruits and vegetables are by definition grown without the use of pesticides. But some find the expense of organic foods prohibitive.

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown. Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume:
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion

12 Foods You Don't Have To Buy Organic 17 Aug 2008 12:40 #3803

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The Full List: 43 Fruits & Veggies

FRUIT OR VEGGIE  SCORE

1 (worst) Peaches 100 (highest pesticide load)

2  Apples 96

3 SweetBell Peppers 86

4 Celery 85

5 Nectarines 84

6 Strawberries 83

7 Cherries 75

8  Lettuce 69

9 Grapes - Imported 68

10 Pears 65 

11 Spinach 60

12 Potatoes 58

13 Carrots  57

14 Green Beans  55

15 Hot Peppers 53

16 Cucumbers 52

17 Raspberries  47

18 Plums 46

19 Oranges
46

20 Grapes-Domestic 46

21 Cauliflower 39

22 Tangerine 38

23 Mushrooms  37

24 Cantaloupe 34

25 Lemon 31

26 Honeydew Melon 31

27 Grapefruit 31

28 Winter Squash 31

29 Tomatoes 30

30 Sweet Potatoes 30

31 Watermelon 25

32 Blueberries 24

33 Papaya 21

34 Eggplant 19

35 Broccoli 18

36 Cabbage 17

37 Bananas 16

38 Kiwi 14

39 Asparagus 11

40 Sweet Peas-Frozen 11 

41 Mango 9

42 Pineapples  7

43 Sweet Corn-Frozen  2

44 Avocado 1 

45 (best) Onions 1 (lowest pesticide load)


Note: We ranked a total of 43 different fruits and vegetables but grapes are listed twice because we looked at both domestic and imported samples.

 

12 Foods You Don't Have To Buy Organic 18 Aug 2008 17:08 #3804

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This is great!!!  Thanks!

12 Foods You Don't Have To Buy Organic 06 Oct 2008 12:02 #3805

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Great list, I always wondered about the pesticides in my foods.

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