Such important news to be aware of! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released two lists for 2019, The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. These lists should be part of your grocery list every week (you can get a cool printed copy on their website). They are updated every year to reflect recent changes so you can be assured you have up to date information because it does change believe me.
“Overall, the USDA found 225 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on popular fruits and vegetables Americans eat every day. Before testing, all produce was washed and peeled, just as people would prepare food for themselves, which shows that simple washing does not remove all pesticides.” per report from www.ewg.org.
Move over conventional Kale, you are not making it into my cart. This same report cites “The most surprising news from the USDA tests reveals that the popular health food kale is among the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. More than 92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected, and a single sample could contain up to 18 different residues. The most frequently detected pesticide, found on nearly 60 percent of kale samples, was Dacthal, or DCPA – classified by the Environmental Protection Agency since 1995 as a possible human carcinogen, and prohibited for use in Europe since 2009.”
When you are shopping and considering the choice between organic and conventional these lists will help you decide. There are many places to shop with lower prices on organic produce such as Aldi’s or Costco. It can be done. The Clean Fifteen list helps with cost by letting you know which fruits and vegetables are ok from conventional sources.
Head over to EWG now and while you’re at it you can download the app’s “healthy living” and “food scores” powered by EWG to easily check how safe your food or personal care products are.
A great resource that can be easily accessed anytime. Here’s to cleaner, safer living!