Organics Buyers Guide To Improve Health + Reduce Your Pesticide Load

Many studies show the direct health impacts from eating an array of pesticides and herbicides in our day day diet. Numerous negative health effects have been associated with chemical pesticides including, dermatological, gastrointestinal, neurological, carcinogenic affects, respiratory illnesses, reproductive complications, and endocrine (hormonal) complications. But buying organic can be hard to manage financially.

This is using current data available to the public on the amount of pesticide residue on foods in the US. The below list of foods is kept up to date each year by the non- profit, Environmental Working Group (EWG). As they update the list of foods in 2020 from last years food list.

Focusing on the top offenders can help significantly decrease the amount you are consuming. This is particularly important for the immune compromised and throughout pregnancy.

The Clean 15 Food List

  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Rockmelon
  • Mushrooms*The Environmental Working Group also suggests another reason to look to buy the Clean 15 foods when they are organically grown is because:
    Small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.

The Dirty Dozen Food List

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes

Buying in Season

Buying seasonal fruits and vegetables also helps decrease costs significantly as they are in abundance at these times. Seek out your local organic markets, or online organic delivery services.

The Dirty Dozen vs The Clean 15

The Dirty DozenTM is a trademark term used to define the twelve crops that farmers typically use the most pesticides on, versus, the Clean 15TM which is also a trademark term to describe the fifteen fruit and vegetable that have the lowest amount of pesticide residue.

The 501(c)(3) non-profit, Environmental Working Group owns the trademarks to both these terms and produces these two food lists annually as part of the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM awareness campaign.

Where Does the Data Come From

The data for these food lists comes from the United States Department of Agriculture Pesticide Data Program. The pesticide data program reports what it has discovered when monitoring pesticide residue levels on agricultural commodities commonly consumed by infants and child