The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
If you know me, then you know I try to purchase organic produce most of the time. However, sometimes it’s not always possible or it gets too expensive! Luckily, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) releases a “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” list to help guide us as to which produce is to best to buy organic and which ones are okay to buy conventional. These two lists are updated every year and ranks pesticide contamination in different fruits and veggies.
The top 15 foods with the least amount of pesticide contamination or the “Clean 15” and the the top 12 foods with the most amount of pesticide contamination are the “Dirty Dozen.” However, in their latest report, the EWG actually has 13 “dirty” foods. My type A personality is very annoyed by this, but whatever...the more info the better, right?
11. Sweet bell peppers
1. Sweet Corn*
6. Sweet peas frozen
11. Honeydew Melon
* Per the EWG, a small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from Genetically Engineered (GE) seed stock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid Genetically Engineered produce.