So I have always been kinda on the fence about all this organic food and when it is really necessary to pay the extra penny and when it is not.. Well the Environmental Working Group (EWG) use the power of information in order to try and protect the public health.
The EWG reports “the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure”, BUT the EWG has developed a list of produce, The Dirty Dozen, by which you can substantially lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce contains a list of the 12 most contaminated produce with pesticide residues and the Clean 15 which are perfectly fine to buy non-organic!
Why should YOU be concerned about pesticides?–source for page content by EWG
Pesticides are toxic by design.
They are created expressly to kill living organisms — insects, plants, and fungi that are considered “pests.”
Many pesticides pose health dangers to people. These risks have been established by independent research scientists and physicians across the world.
As acknowledged by U.S. and international government agencies, different pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problems, including:
- brain and nervous system toxicity
- hormone disruption
- skin, eye and lung irritation
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The DIRTY DOZEN (PLUS)–Pay the extra penny and buy ORGANIC