Fruit and Vegetable Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 – What’s Safe to Eat and What is Not!

I love charts like the one produced by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) in its 8th annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce released on Tuesday.

What are the “Dirty Dozen” Pesticide Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables You Should Avoid?

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I love charts like the one produced by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) in its 8th annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce released on Tuesday June 19, 2012. The report reveals the  “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” of produce to help you decide which fruits and vegetables to buy organic. In Naturally Bubbly’s opinion, If you can’t find it organic, consider not eating it at all if you are sensitive to chemicals in your food.

See a summary of the report and the chart itself here:

Helena Bottemiller of

“The ranking system is based on the group’s analysis of more than than 60,700 samples taken from 2000 to 2010 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

The Agricultural Marketing Service who feels uncomfortable with this report itself admits,

“Similar to previous years, the 2010 report shows that overall pesticide residues found on foods tested are at levels well below the tolerances set by the [Environmental Protection Agency] . . . The report does show that residues exceeding the tolerance were detected in 0.25 percent of the samples tested.”

Read Helena’s article here

Red Bell Pepper one of Dirty Dozen vegetables

I have been eating commercial “field grown” red bell peppers because they are much less expensive than the organic ones, as well as commercially grown potatoes. But after reading the report I will only eat organic bell peppers and potatoes. I never eat commercial apples, I can actually taste the chemicals in the fruit. Anyway, I thought everybody knew that commercial apples were seriously compromised.

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Julia has been practicing green cleaning for several years as the owner of As You Like It Home Cleaning and organic gardening for almost 20 years running Julia Houriet Custom Gardening. She studied landscape design at Radcliffe Seminars in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her expertise is gleaned from education and years of experience.

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