DIRTY DOZEN – CLEAN 15
This is the Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen list and a link to their website:
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
- Sweet bell peppers
- Nectarines – Imported
- Blueberries – domestic
- + Green beans
- + 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.
- Sweet peas
- Cantaloupe – Domestic
- Sweet potatoes
*NOTE: corn is almost always GMO – genetically modified, so please buy organic to avoid this.