Through the twelve foods most likely to have pesticide residue, people have been exposed to at least 10 different pesticides in one day. This may not sound like much, but the long-term health concerns have been noted to include:
- Nervous system effects
- Carcinogenic effects
- Hormone system effects
- Skin, eye, and lung irritation
When should I buy organic?
These foods are referred to as "the dirty dozen" — they're the fruits and vegetables most likely to have residue from pesticides, and they're ranked in order from most to least toxic. This is where buying organic has the most benefit.
When is it okay to save money and buy conventional produce?
These fifteen foods are the cleanest in the produce aisle — they're the ones least likely to have harmful pesticide residues on them when you buy them. Get them organic and/or local when you can, but here's where you can feel okay with saving money by going with conventionally-grown produce.