Growing A Greener Outer Banks NC

March 29, 2010

Fresh Produce…What Is And What Is Not Safe

Filed under: News, organic, Tips — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Morgan Mason @ 4:27 pm

Recently I found two lists of fruits and vegetables; The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.  What was interesting to me was finding 15 different produce items that do not necessarily need to be grown organically in order to be safe for consumption.  They are the lowest in pesticide residue, not free of pesticides.  I thought that was a positive approach to safe food choices, especially in today’s economy.  Organic is typically more expensive (and worth it) but why not also choose to save a little money from time to time without the worry about your or your family’s health being compromised?

Here are the two lists along with a link to more information. www.foodnews.org

Clean 15 (Lowest In Pesticides)       The Dirty Dozen (Buy Organic)

1.  Onion                                                                                       1.  Peach

2.  Avocado                                                                                   2.  Apple

3.  Sweet Corn                                                                             3.  Bell Pepper

4.  Pineapple                                                                                4.  Celery

5.  Mango                                                                                     5.  Nectarine

6.  Asparagus                                                                               6.  Strawberries

7. Sweet Peas                                                                              7.  Cherries

8.  Kiwi                                                                                         8.  Kale

9.  Cabbage                                                                                 9.  Lettuce

10. Eggplant                                                                                10. Grapes (Imported)

11. Papaya                                                                                  11. Carrot

12. Watermelon                                                                           12. Pear

13. Broccoli

14. Tomato

15. Sweet Potato

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