Dirty Dozen Redux

June 19th, 2012

When is it a good idea to consider purchasing organic produce?

According to the staff with the Environmental Working Group, you may wish to splurge (that is, buy organic) on those produce items that bear a heavy pesticide burden when grown using contemporary “conventional” methods.

In tough economic times, it may not always be possible to shop organic 100% of the time, therefore one strategy is to pick and choose your food products wisely using such tools as the Dirty Dozen (Plus) and Clean 15 Shopper’s Guide.

The Dirty Dozen (Plus) for 2012 (buy these organic)
1.  Apples
2.  Celery
3.  Sweet bell peppers
4.  Peaches
5.  Strawberries
6.  Nectarines-imported
7.  Grapes
8.  Spinach
9.  Lettuce
10.  Cucumbers
11.  Blueberries-domestic
12.  Potatoes
Plus
Green beans
Kale/Greens 

The Clean 15 for 2012 (lowest in pesticides when grown conventionally)

1.  Onions
2.  Sweet Corn
3.  Pineapples
4.  Avocado
5.  Cabbage
6.  Sweet peas
7.  Asparagus
8.  Mangoes
9.  Eggplant
10.  Kiwi
11.  Cantaloupe-domestic
12.  Sweet potatoes
13.  Grapefruit
14.  Watermelon
15.  Mushrooms