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To Buy Organic, Or To Not…

1 Mar

The Dirty Dozen

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
  • cancer
  • hormone disruption
  • skin, eye and lung irritation

SHOPPER’S GUIDE

dirty dozen

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2012-EWGPesticideGuide

The DIRTY DOZEN (PLUS)–Pay the extra penny and buy ORGANIC

1
Apple
Apples
2
Celery
Celery
3
Red Pepper
Sweet bell peppers
4
Peaches
Peaches
5
Strawberries
Strawberries
6
Nectarines
Nectarines
– imported
7
Grapes
Grapes
8
Spinach
Spinach
9
Lettuce
Lettuce
10
Cucumber
Cucumbers
11
Blueberries
Blueberries
– domestic
12
Potatoe
Potatoes
Plus
+
Green Beans
Green beans
+
Kale
Kale/Greens
+ May contain pesticide residues of special concern
CLEAN 15
(Lowest in Pesticide)
1
Onions
Onions
2
Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn
3
Pineapple
Pineapples
4
Avocado
Avocado
5
Cabbage
Cabbage
6
Peas
Sweet peas
7
Asparagus
Asparagus
8
Mango
Mangoes
9
Eggplant
Eggplant
10
Kiwi
Kiwi
11
Cantelope
Cantaloupe
– domestic
12
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
13
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
14
Watermelon
Watermelon
15
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
read more HERE about pesticides found in BABY FOOD!
I Hope this helps you determine when to stick with the same ole same ole, and when to go all natural organic style!
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