Last week, Jenn over at one of my favorite blogs to read, Peas and Crayons, posted about the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) updated Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists. It was news to me and I thought my readers might appreciate me passing the information along. (You can read Jenn’s post here.)
Last September, I posted about organic food and why I choose organic when I can. I posted the lists of foods most and least contaminated with pesticides, but now those lists are outdated. You can go back and check out my old post if you want to read about my reasons for choosing organics as much as I can and the dangers of pesticides.
Today, I just want to pass on the updated lists so you can be an informed shopper. I have the two lists printed out and on my refrigerator so I am always reminded of which foods are “must buys” when it comes to organics. 100% of my produce and food choices are not organic at this point, but when it comes to the foods on the Dirty Dozen list, I stay away from conventionally grown.
According to the EWG, if you choose five fruits or vegetables from the Clean 15 list rather than the Dirty Dozen, you can lower the amount of pesticides you consume by 92%. I would imagine that eating organic rather than conventionally grown foods from the Dirty Dozen list would have similar or better results.
When you look at these lists, keep in mind the the results were compiled after the foods were cleaned, so you can’t simply wash off conventionally grown produce and think the pesticide residues will be gone. They’re still there!
I hope you find these lists as helpful as I do. For more detailed information on how they are compiled, check out the EWG’s website.
Question: What is your stance on organic food? Do you use the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list as a guide as you shop?