Have you ever seen this list? If you have, have you ever researched what it's all about?
The purpose behind these lists is to strategically purchase your food. Organic food is expensive, so it makes sense to only buy organic when it counts the most. There are a few different ways to approach this.
- Buy more from the Clean Fifteen and less from the Dirty Dozen.
- When buying from the Dirty Dozen, purposely choose organic.
- When buying from the Clean Fifteen, purposely choose conventional (unless organic is less expensive).
- Choose from the Clean Fifteen instead of the Dirty Dozen.
Remember that these lists are just guides – they’re not all inclusive. Just because you don’t see certain foods listed, it doesn’t mean they are “safe” with regards to pesticides. In fact artichokes, beets and tangerines are all in season right now yet aren’t on either list (nor were they even tested). Research the foods your family enjoys eating and see where they fall in comparison to the ones that are listed.
Here’s the full list of foods tested by the Environmental Working Group, listed from greatest pesticide content to least, starting with apples and ending with onions:
- Green Onions
- Honeydew Melon
- Cantaloupe (imported)
- Plums (domestic)
- Winter Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Blueberries (domestic)
- Kale/Collard Greens
- Hot Peppers
- Nectarines (domestic)
- Green Beans
- Plums (imported)
- Blueberries (imported)
- Summer Squash
EWG is the company that came up with these lists and some other great resources. Be sure to check them out.
Why eat organic? Consider these reasons.
Also, consider this video where a study was done when a family switches from conventional to organic:
Check out this documentary on the way the term "organic" is getting watered down with corporations:
As you consider packing your lunches or lunches for your kids during the school year check out this list of snacks to avoid and ideas for healthier alternatives.
Want some other resources to check out? Food, Inc is what started me on this clean eating journey 6 years ago. Here are some documentary recommendations.
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