Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Dirty Dozen

In a perfect world, everything we ate would be organically produced. But in reality, sometimes we have to make choices. Not all produce items deal with pesticides and chemicals in the same way. Some soak the toxins in, and others make it to harvest relatively unscathed.

Researchers at the Environmental Working Group developed a list of "The Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables. They recommend that you always buy these items organic when possible, because their conventionally grown counterparts are laden with pesticides.

The "Clean Fifteen" is a list of produce items that contain relatively less pesticides when grown conventionally, so you can feel safe purchasing these when organic items aren't available.



(Apparently there's a Dirty Dozen iPhone app, so you can always have the list with you.)

For more interesting thoughts on food choices, check out this list of The 7 Foods Experts Won't Eat.

3 comments:

Jessica Eiden Smedley said...

Awesome information! Thanks for sharing.

Lauren S said...

Interesting...my dirty dozen list is a bit different. Kale and carrots are not listed, but spinach and potatoes are. Mine also includes bananas on the clean side. It says it's from Environmental Working Group, and it lists foodnews.org.

Lauren S said...

Just noticed that yours is from the same source. Maybe mine is old. It's been in my wallet for a few years.