So what is the Dirty Dozen?
If you’ve never heard of this term before, you may be wondering what on earth the dirty dozen is! (And, no, it’s not referring to the movie, or the band!) The dirty dozen (plus) is actually a list of the twelve most toxic fruits and vegetables on the market.
This list is compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for the benefit of consumers. Every year, both domestic and imported produce is tested to determine the twelve fruits and vegetables which will make the list. Dirty refers to the amount of toxic pesticide residue detected on the samples.
So are you saying all produce needs to be organic?
Not necessarily… The dirty dozen list was created to inform consumers about the top twelve most toxic conventional fruits and vegetables. There is no doubt that these twelve should be purchased organically if possible.
But a contrasting list has also been created to show some of the cleanest conventional fruits and vegetables on the market. It’s called the Clean Fifteen. Fortunately, some crops require few if any pesticides to flourish, and so there is minimal toxic pesticide residue found on these crops.
To read more about the Environmental Working Group and the dirty dozen 2014 list, click here. These lists are worth becoming familiar with, or even printing off to take grocery shopping. Here they are.
The Dirty Dozen (Plus) List – 2014
Kale/ Collard Greens
Snap Peas (Imported)
The Clean Fifteen List – 2014
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
Do you try to purchase organic produce off of the dirty dozen list? Do you have a local organic farm that you love buying from? Or do you grow your own organic veggies? For more information on saving money by growing a vegetable garden, check out this post.