Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

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Have you ever heard of the dirty dozen or the clean fifteen of produce? The former are 12 fruits and vegetables that have been known to have the highest amounts of pesticide residue, even after being washed and peeled. The latter are said to be the 15 safest choices, with the lowest amounts of pesticide residue.

These lists are meant to help us make the best choices when deciding whether or not to buy organic. In other words, if you are buying any of the dirty dozen, buying organic will make a big difference. If you are buying the clean fifteen, you probably don't have to worry as much. These statistics are the results of intensive testing by the USDA and the FDA.

Image via My Paper Crane

A talented crafter named Heidi from My Paper Crane created the cute little cheat sheet (above) to help her remember while shopping. Even better, for all of you iPhone people out there, there's an app that helps you remember as well. I don't own an iPhone so I have no idea where you can get this app, but chances are if you're an iPhone user, you probably have a better idea than I do!

EWG, or Environmental Working Group actually has the full list of veggies and fruit and their ranking with respect to pesticide risk. Check it out! Happy shopping everyone, and remember: when in doubt, consult your cheat sheet! Thanks Heidi, and thanks to Carla from SuperForest for making me aware of this cute cheat sheet :)

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