dirty dozen 2013

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) new Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide list. Many on the list are repeats, i.e. apples, strawberries, grapes, spinach, sweet bell peppers and potatoes, but there are some new ones including cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. So for those items it is safer to buy organic.

“The National Institute of Environmental Health Services acknowledges that scientists do not have a full understanding of the health risks associated with exposure to pesticide residues through food, soil, water, or air. Still, notes EWG, various U.S. and international government agencies have linked pesticides to a slew of health risks, including cancer, hormone disruption, brain and nervous system toxicity and irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs.”

While it’s hard to weigh the potential health risks of pesticides with the benefits of fruits and vegetables, the EWA notes that “eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.”

See list of the dirty dozen and clean fifteen:

Dirty Dozen 2013:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Potatoes
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Hot peppers

Clean Fifteen 2013:

  1. Corn
  2. Onions
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocados
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas (frozen, since they’re more readily available)
  7. Papayas
  8. Mangoes
  9. Asparagus
  10. Eggplant
  11. Kiwi
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Sweet potatoes
  15. Mushrooms

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read article on Yahoo! Shine by Beth Greenfield: New ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Pesticide-Laden Produce Just Released

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