Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The New Dirty Dozen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their updated annual list of the "Dirty Dozen" varieties of produce that have the most potential impact from pesticides.  It's a highly contested list; farmers and the United Fresh Produce Association claim that the annual list misleads consumers and is a scare tactic.  The EWG advises consumers to purchase all of the "Dirty Dozen" varieties organic.  And then there are people like me - I can't afford to buy all organic produce, and although we try to shop our local farmers market, I do end up purchasing fruits and veggies at the regular old grocery store. Just last night, I just picked up some non-organic Fuji apples. 

So, what does this mean to me?  I'm going to continue my regular shopping habits (because I think that eating any produce is better than no produce!), and when possible, I'll purchase the "Dirty Dozen" items from my farmers market.  If those items aren't in season, I'm not going to sweat it too much.

Are any of you going to change your shopping habits because of the updated list?  What are your thoughts on buying organics?

Images courtesy of ewg.org

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