THE DIRTY DOZEN – Ready to eat fewer pesticides? Ready to shop smart?
The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides
Buy these organic
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (imported)
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potato
- Honeydew Melon
Why Should You Care About Pesticides?
The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood.
What’s the difference?
Environmental Working Group has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily.
Will Washing and Peeling Help?
The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically eaten ( meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce.) Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate athe pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, soak and rinse all produce in cider vinegar, and buy organic when possible.
How Was This Guide Developed?
EWG analysts have developed the Guide based on data from nearly 96,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce.
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