Produce that is not organically grown will contain residuals of pesticides and herbicides. Because these chemicals accumulate they are both toxic to the environment and to our bodies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that even after washing, some fruits and vegetables consistently carry much higher levels of pesticide residue than others. Researchers at the Environmental Working Group (www.EWG.org) analyzed over 10,000 U.S. government pesticide test results and have developed a list of the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables they recommend you always buy organic. Typically, this list of fruits and vegetables will be laden with pesticide residual even after proper washing.
Please go to this website for updates on this list as well as a list of the “safe” non-organic produce to eat. Always avoid unless it is organic:
Meats & By-products:
By choosing organic you can reduce the risk of potential toxins, growth hormones or antibiotics. The possible increase cost is well worth it.