Anyone who knows me well knows that I buy organic whenever possible and I try to convince all those around me to do so as well. I also believe that the best way to change is to start small and this can be applied to going organic as well. By this, I mean that you don’t have to start buying EVERYTHING organic, but rather just a selection of certain produce. This way, it will be a little less overwhelming.
Although there are many reasons one should go organic, including environmental ones, another good reason is to reduce your pesticide consumption. According to foodnews.org, “When you eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll be exposed to an average of 10 pesticides a day. When you choose fresh produce from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.”
Below is a cheat sheet I found from http://www.mypapercrane.com (though her original post about this is no longer available). So use it as a guideline for which things you should always buy organic (“the dirty dozen”) due to high pesticide counts and which you don’t necessarily have to (“the clean fifteen”).
You can even print this out and take it with you to the grocery store by downloading this file: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2779/4539241348_4db204a3c2_o.jpg