I’ve had a couple of conversations with people recently about the benefits of organic produce, so I thought I’d take a step back today and make sure that everyone knows about one of the most popular Eco-guides out there. If you’ve heard about this before, then don’t worry, I’ll talk about something more interesting and dramatic next time around. For now, though, file this one under useful solutions to first world/yuppie problems.
If you’re anything like me, summer is a time when you eat (and cook) more fresh fruits & veggies. While overall this is a great idea for your health, it can lead to concerns about pesticides and chemicals on your produce. But, at the same time, making it to the farmer’s market or buying organic for ALL your produce can be a tough (and expensive) habit. There’s a reason a good friend of mine used to affectionately refer to our Houston Whole Foods as “whole paycheck.” So, which foods is it most important to buy organic, and which are okay to eat in their regular form?
In keeping with my theme of late, there IS a handy guide to that online. Environmental Working Group developed two lists – named the “dirty dozen” and the “clean fifteen” – which tell you which fruits and veggies it’s most important to buy organic and which ones are safer to go conventional on. The lists were based on testing of the plants themselves for chemicals with known human health impacts. As PBS reports, all the veggies on the dirty dozen list tested positive for at least 47 chemicals.
The dirty dozen, in case you were wondering, are:
- domestic blueberries
- sweet bell peppers
- spinach, kale and collard greens
- imported grapes
The full summary of EWG’s work can be found here, along with the list of the clean fifteen and more information their work.