According to The New York Times, organic foods can cost anywhere from 20-100% more than their conventional cousins. Organic foods are pricier because production costs are higher and the certification expenses get passed along to us. While the jury is still out on whether or not organic foods are more nutritious than conventional, there’s no question that organic foods are better for the environment and more humane, but sometimes they’re just too expensive.
If you want to avoid pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks produce by the most pesticide residues.
The EWG’s so-called “dirty dozen” list is below. These are the foods that make the most sense to choose organic over conventionally grown.
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The EWG also provides the cleanest produce options that may not be worth it to you to buy as organic. They include: