The Environmental Working Group just published the 2012 Dirty Dozen, an annually updated list of the most toxic produce items due to pesticide contamination. Of course, we believe that everyone should eat everything organic but, if you have to start somewhere, start with this list.
2012 DIRTY DOZEN
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines (Imported)
- Blueberries (Domestic)
With evidence of over 40 different pesticides found, apples lead the pack, just as they did last year. Sadly, EWG makes a special note to add green beans and leafy greens (kale, collard greens, etc) to the group. They don’t meet the technical criteria required of the Dozen but they’re so highly toxic, they deserved special consideration.
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