The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen…

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As a vegetable lover, I constantly find myself at farmer market’s and buying organic produce to satisfy my vege tooth.  However, sometimes organic isn’t always available, or more than likely cost prohibitive for most. So, what can I buy that might not be organic but still okay for me and my family to eat?? I did a little research and found the “Clean 15” and the “Dirty Dozen”, which I use as a guide each time I am buying my produce.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) dubbed the “Clean 15” as the fruits and vegetables with the lowest amounts of pesticide residue, and the “Dirty Dozen” as the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue, and therefore it is recommending that you buy organically on this list.

The Dirty Dozen includes:

Peaches, Apples, Bell peppers, celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Kale, Lettuce, Imported Grapes, Carrots and Pears

The Clean 15 includes:

Onions, Avocados, Corn, Pineapples, Mangoes, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Kiwi Fruits, Cabbages, Eggplants, Papayas, Watermelons, Broccoli, Tomatoes and Sweet Potatoes

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Amy Sorter is the co-founder of She spent 10 years in marketing and sales for Fortune 500 companies before deciding to dust off her Journalism degree and try to do something that makes a difference in the World. She is a mother, animal rights activist and is passionate about preserving our environment.       From an early age my mother taught me about living green. She... Read More

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