Everyone would choose to eat organically-grown fruits and vegetables. I’ve never heard anyone say they prefer to ingest unknown chemicals, but organic produce can be very pricey. The Environmental Working Group can help you make the choice of where to spend your produce dollars with their list of best and worst conventionally grown produce.
The new list for this year has just been released. EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Apples, celery and strawberries are at the top of the bad list, so wise dollars would buy the organic version. Onions, sweet corn and pineapple are at the top of the clean list, so buy conventional. By using tools like this, you can save the price difference between organic and conventionally-grown onions and use your savings to buy better apples.
Update June 2016
Balance is the mission of this site. If you can afford to buy every scrap of your food from organic sources, by all means do so. The other 95% of us must face the reality of a limited budget. As stated very well on the EWG website: “Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.” Use their handy list to make the best decisions you can afford for your produce.