2023 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen
Posted March 28th, 2023
The Dirty Dozen
Some big changes to the Dirty Dozen list this year ~ green beans and blueberries are now on the list as 2 of the fruits and vegetables to start buying organic whenever possible. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides, as determined by the Environmental Workers Group (EWG).
Luckily, due to high demand, organic produce is becoming more widely available and can also be bought in bulk to keep the costs down. Another way to keep costs down is to buy the frozen version. Fruits and vegetables are flash frozen which means that they are frozen as soon as they reach peak ripeness ~ this means that they retain a very high level of nutrients (especially compared to the canned version).
- Kale, Collard, Mustard Greens
- Bell & Hot Peppers
- Green Beans
The Clean Fifteen
The EWG also composes a list called the Clean Fifteen, which contains the 15 fruits and vegetables with the least pesticides. These are the ones that are safer to buy in the conventional (non-organic) version. But please take note that sweet corn, papaya, and summer squash are sometimes made with genetically modified seeds so we recommend buying those organic whenever possible.
- Sweet Corn (however, it can be produced from genetically modified seeds so we recommend buying organic when possible)
- Papaya (however, it can be produced from genetically modified seeds so we recommend buying organic when possible)
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Honeydew Melon
- Sweet Potatoes