Found something else I wanted to share with you this week that isn’t a recipe. I swear, I’ll cook again soon! I actually do have some backdated recipes but I honestly haven’t cooked in over a week, so they just don’t feel “fresh” enough to post.
Anyway, on to the “something” I wanted to share! The Environmental Working Group has released their 2012 Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 list. The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables that test highest for chemicals, pesticides, etc., and the Clean 15 are the opposite.
And just like last year, the number one most pesticide-laden crop is…
The EWG recommends buying organic apples (or from those farms you are certain do not spray). Celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, and strawberries also made the list (coincidentally, I buy unsprayed bell peppers, peaches, and strawberries from my farmer’s market all the time!).
And the cleanest produce? Remember, this doesn’t mean they are 100% clean, but show the least amount of chemicals and pesticides on their little produce bodies.
My favorite – onion! Again, another product I usually buy from the farmer’s market but going organic with onion is not as big a concern (though still an option – organic onions are typically well-priced!). Another clean veg – sweet corn (though sweet corn made with Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO’s, are not labeled in the US. If this is a concern, buy organic or talk to your farmer!).
The EWG also added two foods (two of my favorites!) that showed special concern regarding their contamination with a specific insecticide that, according to the EWG, is toxic to the nervous system:
Kale (and collard greens) and green beans. Again, buy organic or talk to your farmer. Both are still widely available at the market!
Question: Do you shop using the Dirty Dozen rule?