The list identifies the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides on them as they are typically eaten. (That includes washing and peeling where applicable.) The shopper’s guide can help you determine which fruits and vegetables are the most important to buy organic. You can see the full list of 53 fruits and vegetables and their rankings here. I found out about this informative guide a little over a year ago and it has made a difference in my organic shopping habits.
The EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible but I think that most of us cannot afford to buy everything organic – at least I can’t! If you can’t afford to buy any organics – continue eating fruits and vegetables! The benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. We all have limited budgets and I think this list is incredibly helpful in determining where your “organic dollars” should go.