My Journey to Honest Food
The Environmental Working Group has issued its 2012 list of the twelve most pesticide-laden fruits and veggies, and also its 2012 list of the fifteen least-contaminated fruits and veggies. For the most part, produce was tested after washing and peeling.
The Dirty Dozen
Listed in order of contamination, from worst (apples) to least (potatoes), but ALL are heavily contaminated; recommended that you buy and eat only ORGANIC from this group...
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Blueberries (domestic)
EWG's "PLUS" Category:Green beans and leafy greens (like kale, collard greens) didn't meet the criteria for the "Dirty Dozen" list, but they were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides, which are toxic to the nervous system. Over the last ten years, these insecticides have been, to a great extent, removed from agricultural practice, but they have not been banned, and so are still showing up on some items.
The Clean Fifteen
Still showed pesticide and chemical contamination, but in the lowerst amounts of all produce tested; while the best is to buy and eat only ORGANICALY-GROWN produce, if budget restrictions affect your family, the "Clean Fifteen" are your safest choice of conventionally-grown produce...
- Sweet Corn (*IllinoisLori warns to be careful, though, that you are not getting GMO corn)
- Sweet Peas
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
The Environmental Working Group also tested several vegetables in baby food this year:
Produce & Pesticides in Baby Food:
Green beans tested positive for five pesticides.
Pears found 92% positive for at least one pesticide residue.
Sweet potatoes came up cleanest.
EWG recommends consuming only organic in the "Dirty Dozen" list, and I would add the "Plus" category as well. EWG says that there are a wide range of health problems connected to pesticide exposure, including cancer, hormone disruption, skin/eye/lung irritations, and brain toxicity.
You can view the full EWG list at www.ewg.org/foodnews
(Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/765987 )
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