Each year, the Environmental Working Group puts out a list of the “Dirty Dozen +” and the “Clean 15”.
So what is it? The dirty dozen are the vegetables and fruits that should be at the top of your priority list for purchasing organic. This group came together to analyze data from the US Agriculture department and put together a list of produce that should be at the top of your organic shopping list, and a list of foods that seem to contain minimal pesticides when bought non-organically. Buying organic is far more expensive, and not everyone will be able to provide an all organic diet to their family. The dirty dozen and clean 15 are here to help you decide what is most important. These dozen (or more) fruits and veggies are likely to have the most pesticides that will enter your body and blood stream through eating them.
The EWG singled out produce with the highest pesticide loads for it’s Dirty Dozen. Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.This is what made the list this year:
- sweet bell peppers
- cherry tomatoes
- imported snap peas
- leafy greens including kale and collards
- hot peppers