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When Organic is a Must

Given its sometimes steep prices and limited stocks, organic produce can be difficult to buy every trip to the grocery store. When faced with not-so-great choices, weigh the pesticide factor. Tests conducted by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that certain types of produce consistently contain higher traces of agricultural chemicals than others.

Use these lists to decide when to go organic and when conventional will do. (Find details of the EWG report at foodnews.org.)

Choose Organic
Apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, strawberries

Get By with Conventional
Asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, corn (sweet), kiwis, mangoes, onions, papayas, peas (sweet), pineapples