The 2011 dirty dozen: 12 foods to eat organic

Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a ‘dirty dozen’ list of the highest pesticide fruits and vegetables: some of the produce on this list has been sprayed with more than 50 different pesticides.

The list is compiled annually based on the US Department of Agriculture data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or how little pesticide residue they have.

It is estimated that by switching to organic on the dirty dozen alone could reduce your exposure to pesticides by a whopping 80%.

I’ll post the 2011 dirty dozen list below, but bear in mind that this list reflects testing from the 2010 harvest and many not be completely reflective of what your local grocery store is selling.

Also, it’s worth remembering that the benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables far outweigh the known risks of consuming pesticides: I’ll let you be the judge.

(Check out this website: http://www.whatsonmyfood.org for details on exactly what pesticides we’re talking about)

Dirty Dozen 2011

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

 

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