Buying Organic : EWG 2013 Dirty Dozen List



I certainly understand the challenge of eating organically, however, there are certain fruits and vegetables that I believe you must eat organic!  Pesticides, which are sprayed on most conventional produce, have been linked to a number of health concerns, particularly development issues in children. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, they also may act as carcinogens or disrupt the hormone systems in the body ( oh no! ).  The Dirty Dozen, part of the Environmental Working Group's annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, is determined from sampling pesticide residue from 48 popular fruits and vegetables. Each year the agency comes out with a list of fruits and vegetables highest and lowest in pesticides.  I definitely try to buy certified organic when I can, but sometimes it can be hard to find. That is why the EWG's annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists come in handy. I use this essential tool to help determine what produce should be purchased organic and what can be skipped.  Next time you are at the grocery store use these lists as a guide for buying organic!