I know you’ve heard of the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen” but have you heard of the “Filthy Fourteen?”

 

The Environmental Working Group has added two more items to the dirty dozen list for a total of fourteen fruits/veggies you need to buy organic whenever possible. The “filthy fourteen” list identifies foods with the highest levels of pesticides, so it’s best to buy organic for those 14.  And the “clean 15″ list indicates foods safe to buy non-organic because they have the lowest pesticide residues. This is largely due to the fact that pests don’t bother with these foods as much, resulting in a lesser need for insecticides.

I have created a handy poster for you based on the Environmental Working Group’s assessment of pesticide residues on food. Keep this on your fridge and reference it when planning your next grocery trip.

 

Clean Food List

 

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Tell me, do you use the dirty dozen and clean 15 lists to guide your shopping?

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