Crazy to think that that two-thirds of produce samples in recent tests had pesticide residues. In my house we moved to primarily organic about 6 years ago. In the recent years I have paid much more attention to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen. Health wise I have seen a difference for sure. Also with this clean 15 info I can save some dough on some fruits and veggies that may be more expensive organic. Also helps me support local farms.

I have found a farm I trust in the area where I go picking. Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD is awesome for picking all sorts of things and is family friendly. I have taken many friends with me on pick your own adventures. They use integrated pest management for treatment of their fields. Basically they use natural ways to treat their crops if there is even an issue.

EWG (Environmental Working Group) provides us with a guide to pesticides in produce. You can visit the site for more information if you want more than the chart that I borrowed from Mothers Organic Health (above). The site www.ewg.org/foodnews

They highlight the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and veggies.

They also talk about the Dirty Dozen Plus which highlights hot peppers and leafy greens like kale and collards. Basically when it comes to leafy greens if you can buy organic or grow your own organically that is the best.

Regardless of this info you should always eat more fruits and veggies. 

Happy eating!

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