I have shied away from buying organic food for years. I thought it was too expensive and too damn confusing. Plus, what could be wrong with the regular food that billions of people eat everyday. Then, I did some reading and learned that many of the foods I have been enjoying on a daily basis for the last 30 years (like apples) are covered in over 40 pesticides. After reading that, I decided that I would stop being lazy and start to learn more about where my food was coming from and how it was grown.

Interestingly enough, I actually find that organic tastes better. Berries are sweeter, spinach is tastier, and chocolate…well…how can that be a bad thing.  The size of fruits and vegetables is smaller because they aren’t pumped full of hormones and pesticides. So, it may not seem like more bang for your buck, but does anyone really want to eat a pepper the size of someone’s face.  I don’t!

I am, by no means, an expert as I am only just starting to learn more about eating organic and local foods (we will get into local another day).  One website I find particularly helpful is The Daily Green. They have a variety of tips on how to live and eat green!

Remember, start off small. No need to jump right in and get overwhelmed.  You also don’t need to have a completely organic diet as some food (those with inedible peels, like banans, avocados, etc.) don’t need to be organic.

Also, a helpful tip that Marc and I have learned (sadly) is that organic produce doesn’t stay fresh as long as regular produce. I suppose it has a little something to do with the lack of chemicals…haha.  For example, we found a regular tub of spinach stays good for a week or so and organic spinach starts to spoil after 5 days.


The Dirty Dozen

These are foods that you should buy organic as they are heavily covered in pesticides. They are also ranked from worst to…um…best.

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale and Collard Greens (a tie)

For more information on the Dirty Dozen, click here.


The Clean Fifteen:

These are foods that you DO NOT have to  buy organic. Either they have a peel or very little pesticides are used.

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mango
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

For more information on the Clean Fifteen, click here.


Five foods you should STRONGLY consider buying organic.

  1. Meat
  2. Milk
  3. Coffee
  4. Wine
  5. Chocolate

For more information on these foods, click here.