As a gardener, I don’t grow every kind of vegetable that I eat and I want to know which vegetables have more pesticides in them when I shop. Here’s a little guide, ‘EWG SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO PESTICIDES‘ a friend of mine found on the internet. The organization who put this out is Environmental Working Group whose site is about pesticides in your food. This comes from their site, www.foodnews.org – “The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides is a key resource for consumers aiming for healthier diets. Since many shoppers can’t find or afford organic produce, they can use the Shopper’s Guide to avoid those conventional fruits and vegetables found to be highest in pesticides – the Dirty Dozen – and, instead, choose items from the Clean Fifteen list. You can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and instead eating the least contaminated produce, according to EWG calculations. When you eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll be exposed to an average of 10 pesticides a day. When you choose fresh produce from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.”
This a great idea in this day and age of food awareness. I’m going to carry one of these around too. You can get your own list and keep it in your wallet to have it handy when you shop. Go to their site, check it out. You might support them if you think their cause is good too.