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Going organic can seem like an expensive switch when you are used to paying conventional prices. The value of going organic is more in a health-enhancing, better for the environment benefit form than it is for cost-effectiveness.

Thankfully we have the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to conduct the research and provide us with a list of The Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen List every year.

These lists can help you to make more informed choices with your produce without going fully organic and still reducing your exposure to GMO” s and highly contaminated foods.

With the spring planting season beginning in many parts of the US, we thought it might be useful to arm yourself with this information. You will soon be heading out to your local farmer’s markets and produce stands regularly and I want you to be in the know. 

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Here are the EWG’s recommendations for 2020.

THE CLEAN 15 

A list of 15 fruits and veggies with the least amount of pesticides and ok to buy conventionally (non-organic).

-Avocados
-Sweet Corn
-Pineapple
-Onions
-Papaya
-Frozen Sweet Peas
-Eggplant
-Asparagus
-Cauliflower
-Cantaloupe
-Broccoli
-Mushrooms
-Cabbage
-Honey Dew Melon
-Kiwi

If you are also trying to avoid GMOs, small amounts of sweet corn, papaya, and summer squash were shown to be produced from genetically modified seeds. You should buy these crops in organic if you are wanting to avoid GMO’s.

THE DIRTY DOZEN

A list of the top 12 crops that farms tend to use the most pesticides on to grow. They are strongly recommended to be purchased as organic.

-Strawberries
-Spinach
-Kale
-Nectarines
-Apples
-Grapes
-Peaches
-Cherries
-Pears
-Tomatoes
-Celery
-Potatoes

And they have included a 13th to this list of Hot Peppers.

I hope this will help ease any strain on your wallet as you transition into going more organic.

Cheers to organic!!


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