The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen…And No, I’m Not Talkin’ Laundry


I am, however talking about organic versus conventionally raised agriculture. Do you have a hard time juggling the kids, the list and the shopping cart every time you hit the grocery store? I personally have a difficult time doing that, so I thought maybe I would make life just one step simpler when trying to eat a healthier vegetable. Organic is not a hoax…That may be what "Big-Ag" is trying to tell you, but it ain't the truth! Making choices is part of everyday life, choose right and chances are you won't end up a statistic in the largest growing category of "Things that can kill you" AKA, the diet related illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, heart problems, etc. Yes, eating organic can have that effect.

 This list comes directly from the Environmental Working Group's website. I'll make it short and sweet.

Foods with the highest pesticide residues (All tested after washing) PLEASE, eat these only organic!

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Strawberries (I personally feel this should say all berries)

4. Peaches

5. Spinach

6. Nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Sweet Bell Peppers

9. Potatoes

10. Blueberries

11. Lettuce

12. Kale/Collard Greens

The Clean 15 (Not free from, but lowest in pesticides)

1. Onions

2. Corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocados

5. Asparagus

6. Sweet Peas

7. Mangoes

8. Eggplant

9. Cantaloupe

10. Kiwi

11. Cabbage

12. Watermelon

13. Sweet Potatoes

14. Grapefruit

15. Mushrooms


Happy Shopping!

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2 Responses to The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen…And No, I’m Not Talkin’ Laundry

  1. Jennifer says:

    Any tips for reasonably priced organic strawberries?  In the summer we get them from the fruit stand on Rockville Rd.  They aren't organic but they say they don't spray or use pesticides. 

    • Courtney says:

      It always good to purchase locally, it reduces the “Carbon footprint” if you want to call it that. When the farmer or seller says they are not using pesticides or spraying, etc, unless they have documentation, you’ll just have to take their word for it. So I say go for it, because that’s what I do…But make sure it’s locally grown. Occasionally, costco has organic berries (Right now, they have organic blues) in the summer at affordable prices. Here’s the thing; we get so used to our freedom to choose as American’s…If we want a berry in December, we feel the right to it. God designed berries to be available naturally in the spring and summer when we need lighter, more hydrating fruits. Watermelon anyone? In the winter, we need a different set of fruits, namely oranges and those high in vitamin C…For fighting the cold virus. I plan on blogging about preserving our fruits sometime this spring so that those of us like me who really only eat a variety of berries can have those things in winter! Hope that helps!! Thanks for asking.

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