“Is organic worth it?” is a common refrain among conscious shoppers, and the answer tends to be hazy: It depends on where you live, the cost difference, what your priorities are, and what you’re buying. But the Environmental Working Group is helping negotiate the murky mores of food shopping with its “Dirty Dozen” list: 12 fruits and vegetables that typically contain between 47 and 67 pesticides.
Which fruits and vegetables should you mos def buy organic? Take a look:
Sweet Bell Peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Print it, memorize it, or save it to your BlackBerry or iPhone: Whatever your preferred way of keeping the Dirty Dozen list handy, we don’t recommend shopping without it. Buying these 12 fruits and vegetables organic can reduce your consumption of pesticides by up to 80%, according to EWG, and that’s a good thing. Though the government says consumption of pesticides in small amounts isn’t harmful, studies have linked pesticides to cancer, hyperactivity, nervous system disorders, and weakened immune systems.