In a perfect world, we would eat only organically grown fresh farm produce from our local farmer’s market, but that isn’t always possible, especially during long Minnesota winters. The prices for organic produce are sometimes double that of standard offerings. In these cases, it helps to know just how pesticide-laden the standard product is. The Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists provide a starting point.
If an item is on the dirty dozen list, it is known to be high in pesticides. It is best to go the organic route or avoid purchasing it altogether. Items on the clean fifteen list have relatively low levels of pesticides. Depending on your stance on GMO, you may still decide to choose organic, but otherwise, go ahead and leverage your budget by purchasing the standard version.