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From “I Like it Organic.com” — Organic products can be more expensive than regular products. Are they worth the extra cost? The right answer to that question is: it depends.
The main reason for choosing organic over regular products is to avoid contamination from toxic pesticide residues. Fruits and vegetables may retain more or less contamination depending on several factors, including how porous their skin are or how likely they are targeted by pests in the first place.
Which to choose Organic?
Always choose organic for the first 12 items in this list (The Dirty Dozen).
Feel free to choose regular products for the bottom 15 items (The Clean Fifteen).
The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides ranks pesticide contamination for 53 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of 51,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 2000 to 2009 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Food and Drug Administration. Nearly all the studies on which the guide is based tested produce after it had been rinsed or peeled. Contamination was measured in 6 different ways:
- Percent of samples tested with detectable pesticides
- Percent of samples with two or more pesticides
- Average number of pesticides found on a single sample
- Average amount (level in parts per million) of all pesticides found
- Maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample
- Total number of pesticides found on the commodity
Crops were ranked based on a composite score from all categories.
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