Any trip to the produce department of a grocery store can give you moments of anxiety when you hover between the organic and non-organic section. In a perfect world, they would be equally priced and you wouldn’t even have to give it a thought, but alas the world isn’t that perfect, is it?
A few of my most read posts detail Environmental Working Group’s lists of the “Clean 15” and the “Dirty Dozen” – the fruits and vegetables that are very low in pesticides (clean) and those that receive and retain an extraordinary amount of pesticides (dirty).
Now I’ve learned that EWG has actually updated these lists for 2010! I can’t explain the exact reason for some shifts but there have been changes nonetheless. So here, without further ado, are the lists that you’ll want to know for that next trip to the store.
“The Clean 15” (BEST – this produce is acceptable to buy non-organic)
– asparagus – grapefruit – pineapple
– avocado – honeydew melon – sweet corn
– cabbage – kiwi – sweet peas
– cantaloupe – mangos – sweet potatoes
– eggplant – onion – watermelon
“The Dirty Dozen” (WORST – this produce should always be purchased organic)
– apples – cherries – peaches
– bell peppers – grapes (imported) - potatoes
– blueberries – kale – spinach
– celery – nectarines – strawberries
In our other non-existent-perfect-world we would all have a local, organic farmer’s market a short walk from our homes that made every fruit and vegetable we want available at a cheap price, but alas… that’s not likely. So print it, memorize it and when you need to make choices, know that you can make the wisest choices possible.