(The Dirty Dozen list below has been updated to reflect the 2017 results.)
Just the other day, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) announced its “Dirty Dozen” – the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables that people should avoid.
Interestingly enough, there has been an outcry calling for the EWG to cease publishing its Dirty Dozen List. I’ll get to this absurd demand in a minute.
Let’s first talk about the Dirty Dozen, and there are a few things to keep in mind:
1) In case you are shopping and can’t remember what is on the list, the basic rule of thumb is this: the fruits or vegetables that have nothing to be peeled off (no skin) generally have the most pesticides.
2) If money is tight and not everyone in the household can eat all organic, kids are the absolute priority. Their bodies are still developing and are very susceptible to the toxic dangers that synthetic pesticides present.
3) If you think that washing with water or scrubbing the fruits with a produce wash is going to take off the pesticides, do not be fooled. The pesticide is already deep inside of the cells of the food, and no wash is going to remove the chemicals. Read more »