For those who cannot afford to go green in entirety, opting for a “lightly green” approach may be a practical solution. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has named the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the most residue from pesticides, aptly named the “dirty dozen,” and parents can choose to purchase the organic version of the following listed below for their family so as to avoid contaminants. As with any fruits and vegetables, make sure to rinse well with water and a fruit and veggie wash before consumption!

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Peaches
  2. Celery
  3. Apples
  4. Bell Peppers
  5. Cherries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Strawberries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Carrots
  11. Pears
  12. Imported Grapes