"Talking Dirty News" - Queen of Green, Barbara Loraine

Organic Produce

Buy These Organics*

  • Apple
  • Bell Pepper
  • Berries of all kinds, but mostly strawberries
    Avoid DOMESTIC blueberries
  • Celery
  • Grapes (from other countries)
  • Greens, (including kale, spinach, mustard greens)
  • Lettuce
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • I’d rather not eat pesticides

Use the tune of the “ABC Song” to sing this:

Produce Don’ts – The ABC’s
© Copyright 2012 Barbara Loraine

“A, B, B, C,  G, G, L, P and P I’d rather not to eat pesticides.”

To help you remember, it’s a single letter, a double letter, a single letter, a double letter – then – “I’d rather not eat pesticides”


  1. An Apple a day does NOT keep the doctor away – unless it’s organic.
  2. Bell Peppers – green, red, yellow, they all get the same does of pesticides.  It is unfortunate, they are SO nutritious.  Buy these organic, or save money buying other items that are conventionally grown, like carrots and mushrooms.
  3. Berries – Strawberries are a big don’t and you should only eat imported blueberries  because those that are domestically grown are contaminated, I’m suspicious of all berries.
  4. Celery – Buy organic or use other veggies for crunch in your dishes, like carrots, or jicama. Celery is not that nutritious anyhow.
  5. Grapes – these are another tough one. Don’t buy foreign grapes, choose domestically grown only .  Grapes are a great snack food; but choose organic or switch to other “cleaner” fruits like oranges, kiwi, mangoes and bananas.
  6. Greens – including spinach, kale and collard greens are contaminated.  Popeye would be so upset!
  7. Lettuce – buy organic – sorry.
  8. Peaches and the other fruit that looks like them, nectarines.  Eat these domestic, not imported.  Best to wait to eat these in season when they will be affordable.
  9. Potatoes – peel your potatoes for greater safety – or buy organic.  If you eat potatoes frequently, the cumulative effect is in operation.


* These are the foods to buy organic or, in the case of blueberries to buy imported, and with grapes and peachesto buy domestic – as recommended by the Environmental Working Group.  They are a consumer advocate non-profit that takes no funds from the food industry, nor do they get government funding. I rely on them, as well as the Center for Science in the Public Interest, for reliable information.

NOTE – These are not listed in order of biggest don’t.  They are ordered alphabetically to make them easier to remember.

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