This month, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the 2011 updated version of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists, based on information collected from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. The most notable changes: Cherries fell off the Dirty Dozen list and lettuce was introduced onto it.
Although the EWG states that eating non-organic produce is still better than eating none at all, a post from one of our featured partners, MightyNest, discusses some of the risks of being exposed to pesticides:
It is of concern that a fairly recent study has linked children who are exposed to higher levels of pesticides known as organophosphates to having a higher risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “The pesticides act on a set of brain chemicals closely related to those involved in ADHD”, explains lead researcher Maryse Bouchard. “Organophosphates were originally developed for chemical warfare, and they are known to be toxic to the nervous system”, adds fellow researcher Marc Weisskopf, of the Harvard School of Public Health, who also worked on the study. Read the full post …
According to the EWG recommendations, you should buy organic for the following produce:
nectarines – imported
grapes – imported
sweet bell peppers
blueberries – domestic
The following produce contain the least amount of pesticides:
cantaloupe – domestic
Here’s the full list of 53 fruits and vegetables tested.