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Environmental Working Group updates Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen foods every year. This year, the organization partnered with renowned medical expert on natural health and wellness Dr. Andrew Weill.
Dr. Andrew Weill and Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen
Here is Dr. Weill speaking about why organic is the way to go if you want to avoid eating pesticides with your foods.
Because EWG releases a new list every year, I will be updating this list as soon as it publishes its newer edition.
Why is the dirty dozen and clean fifteen list important? According to EWG,
Some 65 percent of thousands of produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test positive for pesticide residues. That’s bad news for the growing number of Americans who want to minimize their consumption of pesticides.
In 2013, there were a few changes, especially in the dark leafy green vegetable family.
For the second year, we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops – domestically-grown summer squash and leafy greens, specifically kale and collards. These crops did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system. Though the Environmental Protection Agency has been restricting the uses of the most toxic pesticides, they are still detected on some foods. For example, green beans were on last year’s Plus list because they were often contaminated with two highly toxic organophosphates. Those pesticides are being withdrawn from agriculture. But leafy greens still show residues of organophosphates and other risky pesticides. That’s why they are on the Plus list for 2013.
Eeek…that’s not what I wanted to hear. I love kale chips but now I have to make sure to buy organic kale.
“Dirty Dozen Plus”
Sweet Bell peppers
Sweet peas- frozen
So now, you don’t have to buy organic all the time. You can get away with buying conventional from Clean Fifteen. Eating clean doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have know what you have to spend money on.