• Posted by Califia Suntree on July 21st, 2008, 5:55 PM

    Here at Spooning central, we’re on a bit of a budget. Those Google ads afford us, well, maybe some gum…every month. However, predictably, it’s also food-snob city, and we like our meats free range, our milk in glass bottles, and our produce pesticide-free. But what to do with a skinny wallet in one hand and a $15 organic melon in the other? Well, someone has answered the call of us budget types and analyzed and rated common produce items based on their pesticide residue. The Environmental Working Group gives us this handy printable rating card! Onions, avocados, asparagus, and pineapples? Go ahead with conventional with peace of mind—the pesticides are barely detectable, if at all. But only buy conventional peaches, bell peppers, and strawberries if you’d like a tasty topping of up to 11 pesticides on each one. It’s good to know I can save my pennies on shallots…so I can spend them on summer fruit.

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