The Dirty Dozen


Let’s talk about organic produce. I’ve mentioned before that it’s definitely something I like to splurge on… & it can be a bit of a splurge.

When you buy organic, not only are you doing something good for yourself, but you are also supporting sustainable farming practices, reducing fossil fuel emissions, and cutting down on air and water pollution.

The EWG ( Environmental Working Group ) analyzes data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little residue remains on the food. Each year they release a list of the “cleanest” and “dirtiest” foods known as The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen.

You may not choose to buy organic all the time, but research has shown that just by switching to organic as far as the dirty dozen is concerned you can reduce your exposure to pesticide by 80%. That’s a lot! Making this simple switch is totes worth it. So here they are… the dirty dozen.


+ apples, celery, peaches, cherry tomatoes, grapes, spinach, nectarines, summer squash, sweet bell peppers, cucumber, kale/collard greens, hot peppers, potatoes, strawberries

And BTW… if you’re keeping count this year’s dirty dozen consists of fourteen foods. I guess The Filthy Fourteen just didn’t have the same ring to it.


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