All posts tagged: The Dirty Dozen

Ditch the dirty and get clean

This past week I’ve spoken with several people about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This topic has always been on my need-to-cover list, and with summer now underway it’s become particularly relevant (and important) as we up our salad and fruit intake. If you’re into buying organics you’ve probably heard about these lists before, but if you haven’t or if you’re interested in organics but don’t know where to start – get ready to feel empowered! The Dirty Dozen is a list produced every year by US organisation, the Environmental Working Group. The group analyses the Department of Agriculture’s data to determine which fruit and vegetables have the most pesticide residue when they reach the consumer. On the flip-side, the Clean Fifteen uses the same data to rank which fruit and vegetables you can safely buy non-organic, as the levels of pesticide residue are incredibly low or in some cases non-existent. Why is this list important and fantastic? Today, there are many different types of pesticides that are used, each with a particular …