When Should I Buy Organic?

Organic Vegetables

We all want the best for our kids, but going completely organic can be daunting. Compromise by choosing organic where it really counts. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group ranks 46 fruits and vegetables according to pesticide content (go to foodnews.org for details) — the greater the pesticide load, the greater the reason to consider buying organic.

Here, you'll find a quick round-up of which fruits and veggies are best to buy organic and which are OK to buy non-organic. Download our printable guide to keep this information handy -- tape it to the refrigerator or bring it with you to the market to make smart produce shopping a breeze.

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Best to buy organic

  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • spinach
  • nectarines
  • celery
  • pears
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • bell peppers
  • raspberries
  • imported grapes

OK to buy non-organic

  • sweet corn
  • avocados
  • pineapples
  • cauliflower
  • mangoes
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • onions
  • broccoli
  • bananas
  • kiwis
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