The 'Dirty Dozen' isn't exactly news. The list of high- and low-pesticide fruits and veggies has been updated, animated and reported on with great frequency. Its message is simple: an apple a day might not keep the doctor way, if that apple was conventionally grown.
Yet if you've still found yourself settling for non-organic berries, peaches or potatoes, you may want to think twice. Natural wellness guru, Dr. Andrew Weil, reminds us of the possible health implications of consuming high pesticide foods and shares his shopping philosophy in this newly released video made in partnership with the Environmental Working Group. (Keep reading for EWG's 2010 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides.)Despite my best efforts to memorize the "good" list and "evil" list, I still find myself sometimes stuck when I can't make it to my farmers' market or coop and end up in the supermarket's produce aisle.
Below is the list, as discussed in the video, to refresh our memory. However, let's not forget--some of the "best," low-pesticide foods aren't exactly local for many of us (avocado, mango, pineapple). As delicious as they are... our efforts are better placed supporting our local farmers as often as we can. Even if their goods are minimally treated.
EWG's 2010 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides
Dirty Dozen (Buy these Organic)
7. Bell Peppers
Clean 15 (Lowest in Pesticides)
3. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet Peas
14. Sweet Potato
15. Honeydew Melon