THE NEW 2010 DIRTY DOZEN LIST
Purchasing all organically grown local produce is generally the ideal, but sometimes they are just not available or they may be too costly for your budget. Washing only slightly reduces the amount of pesticide residues on conventionally grown produce, and while peeling may be a better option, there are valuable nutrients in and right under the skin. When it comes to choosing which produce to buy organically, some are better choices than others.
The following list is the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen.” The produce listed has the most amount of pesticide residue and you should consider purchasing organic if possible. While carrots, pears, and lettuce are no longer included on the current list, spinach, blueberries, and potatoes have, unfortunately, taken their place for 2010.
Here is the list of this year’s “Dirty Dozen”:
7. Bell Peppers
12. Grapes (Imported)
Equally helpful when shopping is to know which fruits and vegetables have the least amount of pesticide residues…
3. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet Peas
14. Sweet Potato
15. Honeydew Melon