Summer, Summer, Summertime!
Hey, family. It’s officially summertime! The temperature’s about 100 here in DC. But that’s ok, cuz I’m cooling in my new hat!
Now, on to this week’s HOT topic…
Don’t Buy Organic Onions
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released the all-new Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce for 2012. I love this list and so will you!
Each year, EWG analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on the amount of pesticide residue found in the nation’s fresh produce supply.
Then EWG ranks 45 of the most popular fresh produce items according to how much or how little pesticide residue they contain.
Most convential produce is sprayed with pesticides, including fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides, and there are proven health risks associated with these poisonous chemicals.
So, the guide lets you know which fruits and vegetables you can safely buy organic and non-organic. That helps you save money and stay healthy.
For example, onions were found to be the least-sprayed produce. Fewer than 1% of samples had any pesticides, so onions are safe to buy non-organic.
On the other hand, apples are the worst offenders. Ninety-eight percent of them have pesticides, so it’s best to purchase organic apples.
Here’s a quick look at the top Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 fruits and vegetables:
Highest in pesticides, so buy these organic.
3. Sweet bell peppers
7. Imported Grapes
11. Blueberries – domestic
Lowest in pesticides, so can buy these non-organic.
2. Sweet Corn [side note: I still encourage you to buy organic corn because it's the only way to know the corn is not genetically modified (GMO), which can be potentially harmful to your health]
6. Sweet peas
11. Cantaloupe – domestic
12. Sweet potatoes
Remember, the entire list ranks a total of 45 fruits and vegetables, and this year’s guide adds info on harmful pesticides found in certain baby foods.
And it’s free! What’s not to love?
So download it right now and be sure to share the link with your friends and family!