Pesticide Guide for the Urban Shopper

There’s a Whole Foods two blocks south of a Food Emporium right by my apartment. Food Emporium is more cost efficient, but Whole Foods offers that feeling of eating super fresh produce (even though the apples all look the same and are sold out of similarly bulk-sized crates at both establishments). So which to pick, the cheaper produce at Food Emporium or the organic stuff at Whole Foods?

The Environmental Working Group can help. The organization, which specializes in environmental research pertaining to toxic chemicals used in agriculture, has a list of the 12 most pesticide-laden products and the 15 cleanest fruits and veggies on the market:

So when you’re deciding between spending the extra ¢35 on an organic apple at Whole Foods or eating the common folk variety from Food Emporium, throw down the spare change and get the organic one. Your life may depend on it.

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