Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Dirty Dozen

Before you put that stalk of celery in your Bloody Mary make sure it's organic. The Environmental Working Group has issued its latest 'dirty dozen' list. It's a list of those vegetables and fruits most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. Celery is the worst offender and based on reports from the USDA reviewed by the EWG and can have residues of as many as 67 different pesticides. The list is really not any different than last year's.

Granted organic foods are more expensive than regular but you really should consider buying organic if you buy and consume any of the 'dirty dozen'. I mean really, pesticides are designed to kill things...think about it.

Here are the 'dirty dozen'. Those fruits and vegetables most likely to have significant pesticide residue(in order of risk) if not organic:

Domestic blueberries
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Imported grapes

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