DIRTY DOZEN – CLEAN 15

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This is the Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen list and a link to their website:

EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Please program this list into your cell phone so you can easily access it when shopping.

If you can’t find or afford 100% organic fruits and vegetables, at least buy organic produce if it is on the Dirty Dozen list.  If you are going to buy non-organic produce then try to chose from the Clean 15 list.

Always wash your fresh produce.  Unfortunately, washing fruits and vegetables will not remove pesticide as the spray grows into produce as it matures.

EWG 2012 “DIRTY DOZEN PLUS” LIST OF THE MOST HEAVILY SPRAYED PRODUCE

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines – Imported
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries – domestic
  12. Potatoes
  13. + Green beans
  14. + Kale/Greens

The addition of green beans and leafy greens (kale and collard greens) does not meet the traditional pesticide residue criteria, but they are contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides which are toxic to the nervous system.

CLEAN 15 

  1. Onions
  2. Corn*
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe – Domestic
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms

*NOTE: corn is almost always GMO – genetically modified, so please buy organic to avoid this.