I admit - I think I should be buying organic fruits and vegetables, but I just can't bring myself to pay the cost difference. Is it important to only buy organic? Or are there certain fruits and vegetables that don't matter so much if they're organic or not? I really don't know, so when I saw this on Facebook this evening, I thought it would be worth holding onto. It's a list of the fruits and vegetables that you really should buy organic, along with a list of 15 fruits and vegetables that are lowest in pesticides and safest to purchase conventionally.
The list is designed to be printed out so you can carry it with you to the grocery store and have a handy reference. It doesn't list everything, but it's a good start. I can tell by looking at the list that I am buying some of the worst ones and should definitely look into switching to organic, but it's nice to see some of my favorites on the other side, too - so I can just concentrate on fixing the bad ones first.
Here's a list of 45 popular fruits and veggies, ranked from highest to lowest amounts of pesticide residue, if you'd like some more information.