The Dirty Dozen

(updated July 1, 2011, special thanks to Dawn St. John and Southwest Florida Naturally for printing this info. View the whole article here.)

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization that updates its “Dirty Dozen” food list each year for grocery shoppers.

The list, which is compiled based on evidence of the pesticide residues on veggies and fruits, has become a very helpful tool, especially since eating organic foods can be a bit costly.

Here are the 12 fruits and veggies everyone should be buying organic:


Dirty Dozen

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (Imported)
7. Grapes (Imported)
8. Sweet Bell Peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/Collard Greens