The Dirty Dozen

My membership renewal letter from Georgia Organics arrived last week, and in it was a handy business card printed with the 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce from the Environmental Working Group.

In a perfect world, we’d all love to stock our buggies full of organics but, in reality, most of us have to pick and choose. So if you’re on a tight budget, it’s nice to know which foods need to be organic for safety’s sake and which can be purchased from the regular produce department.

Georgia Organics even identified which of these tasty treats are available at local farmers markets. They’re highlighted below in purple text, followed by a code for the season when you’ll find them. (SP = Spring, SM = Summer, F= Fall, W = Winter)

Dirty Dozen (buy these organic and seasonal)  
1. Apples (F)  
2. Celery
3. Strawberries (F)
4. Peaches (SM)
5. Spinach (SP, SM)
6. Nectarines
7. Grapes (SM-F)
8. Sweet bell peppers (SM)
9. Potatoes (SM)
10. Blueberries (SM)
11. Kale/Collard greens (SP, F, W)
12. Lettuce (SF, F, W)

Clean 15 (lowest in pesticides)  
1. Onions (SM)
2. Corn (SM)
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus (F)
6. Sweet Peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant (SM, F)
9. Cantaloupe (SM)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage (W, F)
12. Watermelon (SM)
13. Sweet potatoes (F, W)
14. Mushrooms (W-SP)
15. Grapefruit

If you’d like to download the guide to your smart phone, go here. Right now the website is still sporting the 2012 guide, but I’m sure next year’s will be posted soon. Here’s to happy, healthy eating in 2013.

3 Comments

  • December 14, 2012

    Vic

    I don’t understand why sweet peppers are on the dirty list. I grow them without pesticides every year and never have any problem with bugs.

  • December 14, 2012

    Jenn

    But the ones in the store come from large commercial farms, and planting a monoculture of anything just about guarantees the need for pesticides. It’s a shame because you’re right, grown on a small scale, peppers are practically indestructible and don’t need any synthetics.

    Loved the photos and video of your new digs. We need to catch up soon!

    p.s. If you’d ever like to be a guest blogger and talk about life on your farm, just say the word.

  • December 19, 2012

    Vic

    Thanks, Jenn!

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