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Pesticide alert – 14 more reasons to choose organically grown fruits and vegetables

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Fruits and vegetables are good for you, of course. But sometimes bad things come along for the ride. A number of conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables contain high levels of pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group.

In 2014, they released an updated report that identified which non-organic produce contained the highest number of pesticide residues.

If you need another reason to buy organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible, this news should help.

Here are the worst offenders, presented in descending order of pesticide residue frequency:

Apples
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Peaches
Spinach
Sweet bell peppers
Nectarines-imported
Cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas—imported
Potatoes
Leafy greens, such as kale and collard greens
Hot peppers