I can’t afford to buy everything organic. What fruits and vegetables are the most important to buy organic, and which ones are safer to buy non-organic?
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) puts out their annual list of the “Dirty Dozen” (produce with the most pesticide residue), and the Clean 15 (those with the least residue).

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Here are the top 5 worst offenders (in other words, buy these only when organic):

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach

The ones that are safer to eat if non-organic:

  1. Onions
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus

My tips:

  • Begin with the foods that you and your family are consuming in the greatest quantities.
  • For kids, consider switching to organic baby food, strawberries, rice, milk, bananas, peanut butter and apples; for adults consider switching to organic coffee.


Beth Greer, aka Super Natural Mom®, is an award-winning journalist, green holistic health educator, healthy home expert and impassioned champion of toxin-free living. She’s also a radio talk show host, and trusted consumer advocate, who is leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy homes, schools and work environments. Connect with Beth on Facebook and Twitter.