... people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load. Source: Environmental Working GroupIf you're curious, I won't keep you in suspense. Here's the list:
2010 Dirty Dozen
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
Now, here in the Burp! kitchen, we've always tried to avoid buying conventional versions of peaches, strawberries and celery -- which have been known to be high in pesticides for years (incidentally, celery is ranked #1 this year). But, there was at least one surprise on this year's list which will make us change our buying habits.
I was really disappointed to find my favorite berry on the new list. Blueberries, which ranked #31 in 2008, are now #5 in the Dirty Dozen -- which is sad news for consumers like me who rely on some conventional produce every now and again to save a few food dollars.
We've been wanting to go 100% organic for a while now, and maybe this will be the year.
If you're interested, you can download the
2010 EWG Shopper's Guide. It's a great resource to carry along with you when you shop. Kinda like the pocket seafood selector and pocket sushi guide -- both put out by the Environmental Defense Fund (great resource for buying sustainable fish!)
Most importantly -- spread the word. There's no better time to start making a difference by voting with your food buying dollars!
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