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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Fruits You Need to Buy Organic

57% of women believe that organic food is better for them, but only 26% will go out of their way to buy it, finds New Hope Natural Media.

When you’re strolling through the grocery store, it’s easy to see that Organic costs more. But people who eat the 12 most contaminated fruits & veggies consume an average of 10 pesticides a day.

You don’t have to buy everything organic, but here’s the ‘Dirty Dozen” of fruits that you should buy organic, ranked from worst to bad:

  • Peach
  • Apple
  • Bell Pepper
  • Nectarine
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Carrot
  • Pear
  • Celery

The Daily Green’s Dirty Dozen has longer explanations of why each item should be purchased organic, and adds in foods such as milk & meat. Check back on Green Philly Blog for the “Clean 15” soon!

Posted by Julie

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

4 thoughts on “The Dirty Dozen: 12 Fruits You Need to Buy Organic

  1. don’t worry Nic! You can still eat them – just buy the organic kinds instead of the non-organic… unless you like Pesticides.

  2. A lot of my friends eat organic meals and they’re pretty interesting tasting. Do you have any good recipes with organic food? I know of this one contest that’s coming to Philly on September 11-12th..it’s the Aetna Healthy Food Fight. You can go to healthyfoodfight.com for more details, but the deadline for Philly is August 30th. Oh, and throughout the contest, celebrity cooks will be judging (Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson, Sara Moulton, or Cat Cora). Good luck if you decide to enter and if not, please post some recipes! 🙂

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