A label can’t tell you everything there is to know about your food — there is a wide range of farming practices that can all play a part in helping you to be a responsible eater — but they can help us to make a decision when there are a multitude of options.
One way to sort through the noise is with the Environmental Working Group‘s annual list of the 12 types of produce with the highest concentrations of pesticides relative to other types of produce, dubbed the Dirty Dozen™. For the past few years, they’ve started highlighting two additional foods that frequently contain insecticides considered to be hazardous, bringing the list up to 14. So if you consume large quantities of any of the types of produce on this list, you might want to consider buying the organic option. Even better, strike up a conversation with a farmer the next time you’re at the farmers market and get to know more about how your food is grown
Leafy Greens (Kale, Collards)
Peaches + Nectarines