Most Good Least Harm: Avoiding Pesticidey Produce

Each year the Environmental Working Group releases a free, downloadable Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which includes the “dirty dozen” and “clean 15″ produce items that use the most and fewest pesticides. Topping the "dirty dozen" list this year are apples (jumping up three spots), followed by celery, strawberries, peaches and spinach. Since it's summertime and people are crowding the farmers markets, lusting over the delicious produce the warmer weather brings, it's especially important to pay attention to which produce has the highest and lowest pesticide use and residues.

You can also find a list of 53 fruits and vegetables, with their pesticide rankings.

Part of living a life that strives to do the most good and least harm means choosing foods that reflect a plant-based, local, fresh, healthy, organic focus whenever possible. But, choosing organic produce 100% of the time isn’t always possible, whether it’s due to availability or budget. For those who want to support richer soil, cleaner air and water, healthier bodies, safer wildlife and other benefits, but can't go totally organic, this guide is a great tool.

~ Marsha

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