Organic farming is gentler on the planet and minimizes our exposure to pesticides and other chemicals utilized in conventional farming to maximize growth conditions and output.
It's funny -- what we now call organic farming WAS conventional farming decades ago.
While ideally we would always have access to -- and money to spend on -- purely organic produce, I realize this is not the case for everyone.
Lucky for us, the non-profit Environmental Working Group conducted 43,000 tests over the course of five years (2000 - 2005) to determine what fruits and vegetables carry the highest pesticide load (AKA which ones you should always try to go organic for).
The top ten offenders, in order, are:
Sweet bell peppers
Frozen sweet corn
Frozen sweet peas