The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen
The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen refer to the fruits and vegetables that are most and least contaminated by pesticide use. And why should we care about pesticides? Because pesticides are toxic by design and have been linked to numerous health problems. This guide is designed to help you dictate your organic vs. non-organic purchases. That said, eating non-organic fruits and vegetables, is ALWAYS a better option than eating processed food, so please don't avoid conventionally grown produce if that's all that's available to you!!
11. Sweet Bell Peppers
+ Hot Peppers
+ Kale / Collards
1. Sweet Corn*
6. Frozen Sweet Peas
11. Honeydew Melon
* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States
is produced from GMO seedstock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GMO produce.