What about the dirty dozen? Should I buy organic for those produce items?

The most important consideration for people trying to eat a healthy diet is to eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. That by far outweighs any decision to eat organic or conventional produce. Not consuming enough healthy food does much more harm to your body than consuming produce with extremely minimal amounts of pesticides.

Many studies show that pesticides detected on the products noted in the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” are negligible for human health. Still, consumers have many choices about the produce they buy and can make personal decisions.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3135239/

http://pennstatefoodsafety.blogspot.com/2012/06/ewgs-dirty-dozen-of-fruit-and.html

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