I have always enjoyed going grocery shopping, picking out my ingredients for the week’s meals and feeling a sense of accomplishment in checking it off my to-do list.
But, recently I have started to feel overwhelmed when deciding between organic or conventional. (Just another reason why I love the CSA: I don’t have to choose!) In a perfect it would be all organic, but my pocketbook will not allow it.
A few months ago, the amazing, Environmental Working Group came out with their list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, which delineates when you must buy organic and when you can cheat if you must.
I have been using this list to help guide me, and you can, too. Just download the pdf or iPhone app at www.foodnews.org. — Jasmine Baxter
Dirty Dozen: Buy organic whenever possible
These foods made the top of the list for pesticides and contaminants
These fruits and veggies had the least amount of pesticides and contaminants