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The Dirtiest and The Cleanest Produce- When is Organic Important?

The Dirtiest and The Cleanest Produce- When is Organic Important?


Organic and ethically produced clothing is not the only thing we care about at Noni Bee.  Buying organic food for ourselves and our children can have a profound and positive affect on not only our health but on our environment.  Though I'm sure that we would all love to buy organic all of the time, the expense can be considerable and it isn't always viable option.  I made a cheat sheet from the most up to date lists of the dirtiest and cleanest produce items (from the Environmental Working Group) that you can buy at the market.  The "clean 15" are usually fine to buy non organic.  The "dirty dozen" are the worst offenders in terms of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.  According to the Environmental Working Group, by buying these items organic you can cut your pesticide exposure by as much as 80 percent!!  Sounds totally worth it to me!

Here is the link to the full list of "dirty" and "clean" listed by the EWG.  The worst offender on the "dirty" list..... the strawberry!  Childhood favorite and overall crowd pleaser, most conventionally grown strawberries contain a cocktail of seven to eight different pesticides!  Not to mention the toxic gasses that farmers will use to sterilize their fields before planting-- killing every living thing in the soil (good and bad). Yuck and Yuck!  On the "clean" list, avocados and sweet corn were the at the top of the list. Yum and Yum.

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