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New List of 15 Foods That Don't Need To Be Organic

Aug 20, 2013

The Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Shopper's Guide to Pesticides lists fruits and vegetables that are the most and least likely to contain pesticide residue. It is designed to help you know when to choose organically grown produce, and when conventionally grown produce is an acceptable alternative.

Below is the latest EWG's "Clean 15" - produce that, when grown conventionally, poses the least risk of exposure to pesticides. If you have a tight budget, or these fruits and vegetables are not available in organic, according to the EWG, eating five servings a day from this "Clean 15" list reduces your exposure to pesticides by almost 90 percent compared to five servings daily from the "Dirty Dozen."

So, you can choose to enjoy these fruits and vegetables in organic or conventionally grown form:

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Papayas
  • Mushrooms



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