Choosing the cleanest non-organic produce

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Pesticides in Produce Walletguide pdfHave you ever played the money game of only choosing some organic produce because you just couldn’t hand over the money needed to buy all organic foods?

I admit- grocery store organic red bell peppers cause me to pause (when oh when will my farmers market be back?).

Edible Portland has pointed to a printable guide of produce that shows the results of pesticide testing, listing clean and dirty produce if you want to choose according to levels of pesticide residues on your food.

I do get those money insecurity twinges that almost make me want to print out and use this card. But my fear of ecological damage, and wanting my food dollars to register as a vote somewhere is what makes me consider my food purchases to be a tithe.

And I have to admit, I don’t trust the pesticide testing until I can see their statistics.

The Pesticides in Produce Walletguide pdf
Pesticides in produce web listing


posted January 16th, 2008 at 7:52 am

Hey McAuliflower! Thanks for mentioning the Pesticide Guide. I can completely identify with the desire to buy all-organic as a way to make yourself heard — more power to you. In case you’re interested, the numbers we crunched to put the guide together are available on the Food News website at

Environmental Working Group

thanks for the response Amanda- I’ll get over to look at this soon.


posted January 16th, 2008 at 11:40 am

McAuliflower, love your blog! I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the study; if their data came mainly from this ongoing FDA study: , then the variability in sample sizes for different fruits/vegetables makes me skeptical (it looks like about 40x the samples for strawberries compared to pineapples).

- Steve
posted January 17th, 2008 at 6:27 am

It makes me wonder about the frozen and canned veggies I buy also.

posted January 17th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

That’s a really nice thing to have. It kind of scares me but a good reference. Thank you!

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