Buy Organic or Conventional Produce? Dirty Dozen vs. Clean 15

Invest money with the Dirty Dozen. Safe money with the Clean 15.

NOTE: Eat your fruits and vegetables!! This blog post/video is NOT meant to stop you from eating any fruits & vegetables. It’s very important to note that your body still gets more nutritional benefit from eating pesticide-riden food, than not eating them at all. So regardless if you can afford all organic food or none at all…listen to your mom…eat your fruits and vegetables dear.

I know what you’re thinking.

Organic food prices can sometimes be outrageous. So is it really necessary to buy all organic food?

If all things were equal, the answer would be yes. I mean who wouldn’t prefer a “virgin” apple rather than a “dirty” apple in bed with Ms. Chemical/Pesticide?

However, I’m a realist and obviously understand not everyone can afford paying organic prices. So regardless if you can afford all organic, just some, or none at all…it still pays to know the produce lists known as the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15“.

The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 lists were designed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a group comprised of scientists, researchers, and policymakers.

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Dirty Dozen vs. Clean 15


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Use the following list to help you determine which organic foods are best to invest in (based on pesticide levels) and which you can get away with buying conventional.

Dirty Dozen Plus

(Buy organic when possible) 

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Sweet Bell Peppers

4. Peaches

5. Strawberries

6. Nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Spinach

9. Lettuce

10. Cucumbers

11. Blueberries

12. Potatoes


– Green beans

– Kale


Clean 15

(Lowest in pesticides – safe money if needed)

1. Onions

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Cabbage

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Mangoes

9. Eggplant

10. Kiwi

11. Cantaloupe

12. Sweet potato

13. Grapefruit

14. Watermelon

15. Mushrooms

Questions For You:

– What produce foods do you buy organic?

– Do you notice a substantial increase in your grocery bills if you buy organic?


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8 responses to “Buy Organic or Conventional Produce? Dirty Dozen vs. Clean 15

  1. I ALWAYS buy organic greens (salad, kale, swiss chard(if possible), spinach, etc.)
    ALWAYS apples, Sweet potatoes…..and if available berries. Otherwise I do the best
    I can. Organic is sooooo expensive.

    Don’t technically buy certified organic meats, however, they are no hormone and no antibiotics. Red meat is always grass fed or bison.

    Try to keep it as clean as possible in that regard.

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