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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Do you know the dirty dozen?



-Spring peas from our garden


The Environmental Working Group released a shopping guide of fruits and vegetables that have large amounts of pesticide residue on them. They are known as the Dirty Dozen and those without much residue are known as the Clean 15. The lists are included below. Even if you can't grow all your own, or buy it all at the farmer's market, try to keep these in mind when you purchase produce at the grocery store. I know times are tight for folks on a budget, so if you can focus on eating organic for these foods specifically, they estimate that you'll reduce your exposure to pesticides by 80 percent. So, keep the list in your wallet, iPhone, blackberry, or written on your hand; send it out to family and friends; grow what you can; and buy organic and local when possible!

The Dirty Dozen

Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

The Clean 15

Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions