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Top 12 Toxic Fruits and Vegetables

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The Dirty Dozen
Try to buy these 12 fruits and vegetables grown organically. But also know that many small farms can’t sustain the paperwork and fees to be certified Organic, even though they practice organic methods. If you shop at a farmer’s market and want to buy products not listed as organic, ask the vendor anyway, there’s a good chance many of the products were grown without the use of pesticides.

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Domestic blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Spinach, kale and collard greens
  9. Cherries
  10. Potatoes
  11. Imported grapes
  12. Lettuce
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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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7:53PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

5:55AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

interesting thank you

9:11PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

if possible, raise as much food of your own ... just because it is labeled organic does not mean that it is 'poison free'. Some of the chemicals allowed under the 'organic' label are serious toxins. Educate yourself and talk to your local famers/ farmer's market or grocer. Ask for cleaner food -- unless there is a demand, there will be no supply.

3:30AM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

The human are poisoning themselves

1:58AM PST on Feb 25, 2014


7:21AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

This is why more and more people are raising their own! Thank you for sharing.

2:15PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

This is a useful article that I recommend for everyone. Bell peppers are super easy to grow organically and are great for growing in containers for apartment dwellers. We should all stop buying pesticide laced bell peppers. This is one food crop that could easily be switched over to organic commercial growing. Also, if you do have to buy the super expensive organic peppers, be sure to freeze any you don't use, for use on pizza or other recipes that call for peppers. They freeze well and last about 6 to 9 months in the freezer.

4:28PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:27PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:55AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011


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