Monday, June 13, 2011

New Dirty Dozen List

The Environmental Working Group has come out with their new 2011 shopper's guide.  Let me tell you why I love this list.  Buying everything organic can be really expensive.  This list lets you know the 12 worst foods so that you can try to buy those items organic.  And the clean fifteen, you can slide on.  You don't have to buy Organic because usually the farmers don't have to use that many pesticides on the crop.  Usually the ones with the bigger numbers (cleaner produce) have thicker skins or their own protective properties.  I read somewhere that sweet potatoes excrete a milky white substance when a bug eats it and that the bugs don't like it.  That's why it's on the bottom of the list.  Remember~~bottom of the list= good.  Top of the list=bad.  The top 12 worst fruits and vegetables for pesticide contamination are listed as the "Dirty Dozen".  I'm sure most of you have heard of the "Dirty Dozen" before.  They also have their "Clean Fifteen" list.  The list that I've always been more interested in is the Full List.    The lowest numbers are the worst and the highest numbers are the best.  Buy organic products of the fruits and veggies in the top 1/3 of the list when possible.  I'm excited because Cherries fell off the dirty dozen list this year!  But, I'm bummed because I've never seen organic Kale anywhere around here!

You can also get the guide in PDF version.  It's a smaller version that you can cut out and keep with you in your purse or wallet for when you shop.  Please note that if you print out the Full list of 53 fruits and vegetables, the "Clean 15" are numbers 39-53 in inverted order.

Dirty Dozen (things you should always try to buy organic)
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines-Imported
  7. Grapes-Imported
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries-Domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens
Clean Fifteen (things you don't need to buy organic)
  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocadoes
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe-Domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

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