Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Foods with the most pesticides

The Environmental Working Group just released its list of the top 12 pesticide-laden foods.   This is what they call the Dirty Dozen.  Remember, pesticides are toxic.  We don't want them in our food.  If we got away from the huge factory farms that specialize in only one or two crops, we would not need to use so much pesticide.  We would also not need as much fertilizer, as we would not deplete the soil as badly.  But here is the list

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Imported Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Domestic Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale and Collard Greens
It is best to eat all your food organic and locally grown.  If that is not possible, at least try to avoid these 12 conventional produce items.  

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