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The Dirty Dozen

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Every year the Environmental Working Group publishes information about the dirty dozen. The 12 most pesticide covered fruits and vegetables. In 2012 they added added two more to make the Dirty Dozen Plus. (I guess The Dirty Fourteen didn’t have the same ring?)

The Dirty Dozen is a list of foods that should be prioritized if you are looking to buy organic. Each food is given varying amounts of treatment depending on the susceptibility to pests. There is a list called the clean 15 that includes the 15 least sprayed crops.

The Dirty Dozen + Two.

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Imported Nectarines
  7. Imported Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries
  12. Potatoes
  13. Green Beans
  14. Kale / Collard Greens

Why would you want to be mindful of the pesticides in your food? This is from the EWG:

Pesticides are created expressly to kill living organisms — insects, plants, and fungi that are considered “pests.” Many pesticides pose health dangers to people. These risks have been established by independent research scientists and physicians across the world.

As acknowledged by U.S. and international government agencies, different pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problems, including: brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption”

While these lists are not created to deter you from eating fresh fruits and vegetable, it is made available to help you make informed choices at the market. I buy organic apples at Trader Joe’s, the difference is about a dime per apple, I consider this cost acceptable for the organic version of a heavily sprayed food.

I hope this list helps you. On Thursday, be sure to return for information about how to clean fruits and vegetables.

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One Comment

  • Sudesh

    I’m so happy the farmer’s marekt is starting to have organic produce already. There is a listing in our local paper this week about which vendors and marekts offer organic. Be sure to check your local listings for your area.

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