Each year, the Environmental Working Group puts out a list of the "Dirty Dozen" - the most heavily sprayed fruits and vegetables on the market. (By "sprayed" I do mean with heavy pesticides.) While I try to buy mostly organic, I also have to consider my budget. For that reason, I always consult the Dirty Dozen, to see what the worst offenders are, and what I should be definitely be buying organic.
For 2017, the Dirty Dozen are:
11 Sweet bell peppers
On the flip side, we have the "Clean Fifteen" - produce least likely to have pesticide residues in it. For these items, it's safer to buy non-organic than the items listed above.
This year, the Clean Fifteen are:
1 Sweet Corn (however likely to be GMO)
6 Sweet peas frozen
7 Papayas (however likely to be GMO)
11 Honeydew Melon
If you're not sure why it makes sense to reduce pesticides in your diet, and want to read more about the consequences of them, check out this article.
Do you follow the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen? What tips do you have for healthy shopping on a budget?