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The Dirty Dozen Produce Items

Ecotot: Steer Clear of the Dirty Dozen Produce Items

We read food labels, the packaging of the products and try to support businesses that practice fair trade policies in an effort to help communities around the world. But, being eco-conscious and healthy often pulls on our purse strings. With the current state of the economy, many families have given up organic foods to cut costs at the checkout counter.

When choosing to move from organic to regular produce, be aware of what the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit research organization, calls the "dirty dozen" – the twelve foods that retain a high level of pesticides even after washing. By avoiding the non-organic versions of the items on this list, based on pesticide tests run by the US Department of Agriculture and FDA earlier this decade, we can reduce our pesticide intake by 90 percent.

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The Dirty Dozen Produce Items

  • Spinach
  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Cherries
  • Celery
  • Imported grapes
  • Bell peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Pears


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