I want to buy all organic. It’s prettier. It tastes better. It’s better for us.
But I can’t always find all organic. And I can’t always afford all organic.
Luckily, each year the Environmental Working Group publishes a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, highlighting the best and the worst in their “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists. These little lists at least help you to focus your efforts (and shopping dollars) on buying organic in the cases of the most highly contaminated fruits and veggies, and you can breath a little easier buying conventional produce for those lowest in pesticides.
Here is a handy-dandy printable provided by the EGW of their 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
It’s pretty and colorful and has a little scanny square to get more information, but… it’s too big for me. I printed it and cut it out and I don’t like where it fits in my wallet. So I typed up a minimalist version: no colors or graphics or scanny squares, but just the size of a credit card slot in my wallet.
If you want a smaller wallet reference card also, just click on this link for the pdf (to keep it the correct size): Produce Wallet Card
Then print it out, fold it in half,
cut it out, and laminate it with packing tape if you want.
Then slip it in your wallet,
and head off to the store to spend wisely, and leave happier.