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Organic or Conventional: The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen

Scientists have found that chlorpyrifos negatively impacts children’s brain development and behavior. Despite this, the EPA reversed the ban on this toxic ingredient and is allowing its use in our food until 2022. Read on to learn what foods to choose organic to keep your family safe from this neurotoxic insecticide - and what conventional foods get the ok.

The Dirty Dozen +1

  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale

  4. Nectarines

  5. Apples

  6. Grapes

  7. Peaches

  8. Cherries

  9. Pears

  10. Tomatoes

  11. Celery

  12. Potatoes

  13. Hot Peppers

The dirty dozen were found to have the highest levels of pesticide residue, with some containing as many as 22 different types of residue on one sample. Go organic whenever possible to ensure you keep your family safe from dangerous pesticides.

The Clean 15

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet Corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Sweet Peas Frozen

  5. Onions

  6. Papayas

  7. Eggplants

  8. Asparagus

  9. Kiwi

  10. Cabbage

  11. Cauliflower

  12. Cantaloupe

  13. Broccoli

  14. Mushrooms

  15. Honeydew Melons

These 15 fruits and vegetables were found to have the lowest levels of pesticide residue. As such, the EWG gives the green light on purchasing conventional.

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