|Apples are #1 on the Dirty Dozen List!|
Unfortunately living a mostly organic lifestyle, these things can cost a pretty penny, especially for me who can't seem to get enough of them!
Thanks to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), you can save a little extra money next time you go shopping for produce with their updated 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 List.
For those of you who aren't sure what the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list is, it's a list compiled every year of the top 12 produce products you should buy organic because of high pesticide saturation to the top 15 products with the lowest saturation that would be safe to buy conventional (which is where saving you some money comes in to play).
Without further adieu, I give you the lists:
2012 Dirty Dozen List: Buy Organic!1. apples
3. sweet bell peppers
6. nectarines (imported)
11. blueberries (domestic)
This year, the EWG also mentioned green beans and leafy greens (kale, spinach, arugula, etc) should also be bought organic.
2012 Clean 15 List: Foods Okay to Buy Conventional1. onions
2. sweet corn
6. sweet peas
11. cantaloupe (domestic)
12. sweet potatoes
Next time you head to the grocery store, you might want to take a copy of these two lists along just to be on the safe side! Not only will you be saving yourself some money, you'll be looking out for you and your family's health.
Susan Melgren. "The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists." 7-12-12. 7/21/12. (http://www.naturalhomeandgarden.com/natural-health/2012-dirty-dozen-clean-15-lists.aspx)