The new Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen

June 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

If you are a fan of Square One® Organics on Facebook, you already know that I am a huge fan of The Environmental Working Group (EWG).   EWG has updated its 2011 list of pesticide loads in produce, and I just have to pass this info along to my fellow moms!  As you know, your baby does a tremendous amount of growing in the first 3 years of life.  This handy list will help you keep your child’s food as clean as possible when buying organic is just not doable!

Fruits and Vegetables with the highest pesticide contamination are listed in the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen”, while those with the lowest level of pesticide contaminants make up “The Clean Fifteen”.

Download EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pestisides in Produce here so you can carry it in your purse to reference!

The EWG’s data was based on food samples and information ascertained from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the produce that was tested was ready to be eaten- meaning that it was peeled or washed if necessary. In the EWG’s 2011, “Dirty Dozen”, apples, top the list as the most contaminated produce. In fact, there were traces of pesticides in ninety-eight percent of the more than seven hundred apples tested in the USDA study!*

These lists reveal the frightening truth that even though we are choosing healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, we may be unknowingly consuming a significant amount of pesticides. According to the EWG, a consumer who eats five servings of produce from the items listed on the “Dirty Dozen” could consume an average of fourteen pesticides a day! On the other hand a consumer who chooses fruits and vegetables from the “Clean Fifteen” list can reduce their pesticide consumption by over ninety percent. **

Cutting down on pesticide consumption is crucial. Pesticides are, by their very nature, harmful. They are designed to kill organisms that threaten vitality of crops. Their effects on the human body are similarly destructive. In humans, pesticides have been linked to cancer, problems in the hormone and nervous systems, and developmental issues among children. ***

Needless to say, limiting the consumption of pesticides when possible is priority number one.

That is why, the EWG believes that the lists are crucial to consumers, who need to know what produce is safe to buy and what produce should be avoided or purchased from an organic supplier. Knowing which fruits and vegetables are safe can help consumers shop smarter- paying extra for organic options of the “Dirty Dozen” produce, while buying conventional varieties of produce on the “Clean Fifteen” list.




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