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10 Foods You Should Buy Organic


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Leafy Greens
An organic garden at San Francisco's City Hall features leafy greens.
An organic garden at San Francisco's City Hall features leafy greens.
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­The salad bowl sounds healthy enough, but fill it with chemical-laden greens, and some people would call it a poisoning waiting to happen. Insects, worms and slugs love the tender leaves of spinach and lettuce just as much as we do. Some of the most potent pesticides in use are sprayed right on the le­aves we crunch on in our chef's salad. Spinach had the highest number of pesticides of any vegetable tested in the Environmental Working Group's study [source: EWG]. Organic growers use traps, nontoxic repellents and mesh nets to keep the insects at bay.

Greens such as kale, mustard greens, turnip greens and collards are also at high risk of pesticide contamination. Purchase organic versions of these hearty greens if they're available.


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