Don’t (Need to) Buy Organic Onions

Don’t (Need to) Buy Organic Onions

by admin on June 21, 2012

Summer, Summer, Summertime!

Hey, family. It’s officially summertime! The temperature’s about 100 here in DC. But that’s ok, cuz I’m cooling in my new hat! 😉

Now, on to this week’s HOT topic…

Don’t Buy Organic Onions

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released the all-new Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce for 2012. I love this list and so will you!

Each year, EWG analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on the amount of pesticide residue found in the nation’s fresh produce supply.

Then EWG ranks 45 of the most popular fresh produce items according to how much or how little pesticide residue they contain.

Most convential produce is sprayed with pesticides, including fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides, and there are proven health risks associated with these poisonous chemicals.

So, the guide lets you know which fruits and vegetables you can safely buy organic and non-organic. That helps you save money and stay healthy.

For example, onions were found to be the least-sprayed produce. Fewer than 1% of samples had any pesticides, so onions are safe to buy non-organic.

On the other hand, apples are the worst offenders. Ninety-eight percent of them have pesticides, so it’s best to purchase organic apples.

Here’s a quick look at the top Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 fruits and vegetables:

Dirty Dozen™

Highest in pesticides, so buy these organic.

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Sweet bell peppers

4. Peaches

5. Strawberries

6. Nectarines

7. Imported Grapes

8. Spinach

9. Lettuce

10. Cucumbers

11. Blueberries – domestic

12. Potatoes

Clean 15™

Lowest in pesticides, so can buy these non-organic.

1. Onions

2. Sweet Corn [side note: I still encourage you to buy organic corn because it’s the only way to know the corn is not genetically modified (GMO), which can be potentially harmful to your health]

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Cabbage

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Mangoes

9. Eggplant

10. Kiwi

11. Cantaloupe – domestic

12. Sweet potatoes

13. Grapefruit

14. Watermelon

15. Mushrooms

Remember, the entire list ranks a total of 45 fruits and vegetables, and this year’s guide adds info on harmful pesticides found in certain baby foods.

And it’s free! What’s not to love? :-)

So download it right now and be sure to share the link with your friends and family!

Vibrantly yours,



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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

eselpee 06.22.12 at 12:45 am

I vote with my dollars, and I vote organic. I can be a fool but I want the whole world kind. I can personally do so little to bring this about.

admin 06.22.12 at 1:03 am

Thanks for commenting Janet.

Beth 06.22.12 at 2:44 am

I don’t want to give up my high pesticide fruits and veggies. Kale, spinach, apples are just a few of my loves.
What do I clean them with if I want to make sure they are clean after my usual water rinse?
Do you have a favorite old time recipe?
Someone suggested soaking them in vinegar. How long?

Don’t want to give up my toxic veggies

admin 06.22.12 at 1:20 pm

Hi, Beth.

Thanks for your comment. Just to clarify, are you saying that you don’t want to or can’t buy ORGANIC kale, spinach, and apples?

John P. 04.13.13 at 6:19 am

It is amazing the things that are allowed into our foods and water. If you don’t look or ask there is no telling what you may be consuming.

“I don’t want to give up my high pesticides and soaking them in vinegar”. Oh my goodness.

Missed the point and that is why I love the internet.

Thanks for the post. I try my best to stay on top of Organic Gardening tips.

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