The latest list of ‘dirty’ and ‘clean’ vegetables is out, compiled by the Environmental Working Group. At the top of the dirty list are apples, strawberries, grapes and celery. The fruits make sense, especially strawberries. If you’ve ever grown them yourself, you know they are highly perishable. To get them to market, conventional growers spray them with a cocktail of insecticides and fungicides. Yum, just what I want to eat…NOT!
To come up with the list, scientists tested 48 popular fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues. It’s not all bad news though. Avocados, sweet corn and pineapples are some of the cleanest fruits and veggies on the list. Knowing what’s likely to be full of chemicals can help consumers make wiser choices about when to choose organic. And for gardeners, it can help in the decision of what to grow.
Growing your own food is a great way to know exactly what chemicals have been used on them, if any. I’m happy to be having some of our organically grown, never sprayed blueberries for breakfast this morning. They are from our 2013 crop, carefully harvested and frozen for our later use.
You can read the entire article here at Rodale News.