There was a great article in my August Parents Magazine about organic foods & shopping smart. With a growing toddler, I'm thinking harder these days about what I put in my cart & pantry. The article gave a list of the top 15 produce items that are usually low in pesticides (and therefore okay to buy non-organic) and the top 12 produce items that are usually high in pesticides (and therefore better to consider buying organic). I thought it was super helpful!
Clean 15 (generally low in pesticide residues):
- Sweet Peas
- Domestic Cantaloupe
- Sweet Potatoes
Dirty Dozen (consider buying organic):
- Imported Nectarines
- Imported Grapes
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Kale/Collard Greens
The article also suggested that canned fruits & veggies tend to have less pesticide residue because they're grown for the purpose of canning and don't have to look perfect for display, and are therefore treated with less chemicals. They also suggested buying low sugar & low sodium pasta sauces, and organic ketchup (which we go through a lot of at our house -- the Bambina is in a "dipping" phase!).