The Dirty Dozen: Are you eating them?

The Farmers’ Markets are brimming with delicious local produce this month. But do you know which foods are the most important to eat organic, and which foods are considered to be “clean” (minimal pesticides)?

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its list of the Dirty Dozen, foods such as apples and strawberries that are known to be the most heavily laden with pesticides. These are foods that you really should buy organic if possible, or purchase at a local Farmers’ Market where most produce is grown “without pesticides,” according to the farmers, even though they can’t claim that it’s organic.

The EWG also lists the “Clean 15,”  foods such as bananas and avocados, that are the least contaminated. For a complete listing, go to

A compelling body of research has now shown that eating 4–7 servings of fruit and veggies a day can reverse diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure and keep you out of the doctor’s office. So stock up and load up your plate while “clean” local produce is in ample supply.

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