Be On The Lookout — The Dirty Dozen

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For the fifth year in a row, apples have topped the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list of The Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen refers to the list of fresh fruits and vegetables that are likely to contain the most pesticides.

I rinse all of my fresh fruits and vegetables before I eat or cook with them, especially those with skins you are intended to eat. I pay close attention to the EWG’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, and make sure to wash these 12 + 2 extra thoroughly.

Christy Begien | Christy's Non Toxic Lifestyle

The Environmental Working Group’s — The Dirty Dozen Click to enlarge the printer-ready version of The Dirty Dozen. Use it at the grocery store, or put it up on the fridge.

Each year, the EWG breaks down which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides — The Dirty Dozen. They also note which one’s have the least — The Clean 15 (which we will cover in another blog post.) The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to make food supply more transparent in order to help consumers decide when it’s worth spending extra for organic produce.

The chemicals applied to apples before and after harvest to preserve them, have landed them on the top of the list again. If it works within your budget, the EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. But if that does not work within your budget, use The Dirty Dozen as a guide to better inform your purchasing decisions.

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