Pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers leave residues on food crops; these residues cause stress on your body, and have been connected with adverse immune reactions and chronic illness. But even if budget wasn’t a factor, seasonality and limited availability can make it challenging to eat all organic, all the time. Buying local produce is the best way to go, but when it isn't available - rely on: The Clean 15 and
The Dirty Dozen.
What are the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen?
Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG)—a non-profit organization dedicated to using public information to protect public health and the environment—publishes The Shopper’s Guides to Pesticides in Produce.
This handy little publication contains government (USDA and FDA) data, which ranks fruit and vegetables (both conventional and organic) for most/least pesticide residue left on your produce after washing and peeling.
The Clean 15 and The Dirty Dozen make an excellent place to start when you’re motivated to eat more fruit and vegetables, yet are also concerned about chemicals.
Because this list is updated every year, here’s the link to where you can find the latest edition: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
*American, yes, but that's where most of our produce is from.