Choose Gmo Free Food

Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

Do you know how many pesticides are in your local, in-season summer eats?

It is always recommended to eat more fruits and veggies and to buy them organic if you can. But sometimes organic produce can cost more or isn’t available. Use this list to know which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and what you can buy instead to lower your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

The Environmental Working Group has come out with the 2013 dirty dozen foods (those foods found with the highest levels of pesticides) as well as the “Clean 15” – foods will the lowest levels.

Use these as guidelines when planning meals for you and your loved ones:

Dirty Dozen

Apples
Celery
Cherries
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot Peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Bell Peppers

(also be careful with collard greens, kale, summer squash and zucchini)

Clean 15

Asparagus
Avocado
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangos
Mushrooms
Onions
Papaya
Pineapples
Sweet Peas (frozen)
Sweet Potatoes