Which Conventionally-Grown Foods Are Safe to Buy?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit consumer watchdog organization dedicated to informing consumers about possible toxins in our food and other consumer goods. They publish annual guides to the safest sunscreens, for example, and report on other issues of concern, such as food additives, household cleaners, organic and conventionally-grown produce, and personal care products, including cosmetics, and even insect repellants.
They’ve recently released their annual list of the Dirty Dozen™ fruits and vegetables that you should consider buying organic whenever possible. These are the foods that are most likely to contain objectionable levels of pesticides, according to testing conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture. EWG also issues a companion guide, called the Clean Fifteen™, which includes produce that tends to have little to no pesticide residue.
As such, it’s safe to buy these conventionally-grown foods. Armed with this list, your grocery dollars will stretch further. You can spend your money on more expensive organic produce items noted on their annual Dirty Dozen™ list of pesticide-laced foods, while saving money on Clean Fifteen™ items.
Here’s the list of SAFE, conventionally-grown food items, according to EWG.
Sweet peas (if frozen)
Visit www.ewg.org to obtain your own copy of these produce items so you can shop informed. Consider making a donation to support EWG’s important work, if you’re interested. You can also explore their website to learn more about issues such as clean water, GMO foods, environmental issues related to land, water and air, and energy production and delivery. EWG knows that children are even more vulnerable to toxins than adults, so they’re a good source for information if you’re a mother, like me, who’s concerned about protecting her children from exposure to toxins from any number of sources.
The Environmental Working Group website. EWG’s 2015 Dirty Dozen page. Retrieved Feb. 27, 2015 from: www.ewg.org.