Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dirty Foods, Clean Foods


Every year they print a list of the top dirty foods---foods that have so many pesticides that they recommend that consumers buy them organic.   I just read this years top 12 dirty foods and top 15 clean foods at the Daily Green.   Here is there report for this year:

Dirty Foods:

  1. Celery - 64 pesticides detected.
  2. Peaches - 62 pesticides detected.
  3. Strawberries - 59 pesticides detected, but apparently if you buy them out of season, they are more likely imported from other countries and thus less stringent regulations of pesticide use.
  4. Apples - 42 pesticides detected.
  5. Blueberries - 52 pesticides detected.
  6. Peppers - 49 pesticides detected.
  7. Nectarines - 33 pesticides detected.
  8. Spinach - 48 pesticides detected.
  9. Potatoes - 37 pesticides detected.
  10. Grapes - 34 pesticides detected.
  11. Leafy Greens - 51 pesticides detected.
  12. Kale - which is usually disease and pest resistant but was found to have high amounts of pesticide residue this year. 
Clean Foods:

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomato ( this one is inconsistent from year to year)
  15. Sweet Potato
If you want to read the article yourself, you can do so buy clicking on this link

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