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Cleaner and Greener this Springtime

Springtime is a great time to start looking at your local farmers markets for cleaner and greener foods, especially fruits and vegetables!

The highest sprayed (Dirty Dozen™) and the least sprayed (Clean Fifteen™) are two lists published by The Environmental Working Group that can guide you in selection at your local farmers markets!

Print the following lists and take them to the store or market with you.  Focus on at least buying the Dirty Dozen™ organic to avoid the most highly sprayed produce and keep your kids (and yourself) safe from harmful pesticides, herbicides, GMO’s, and irradiation.

Dirty Dozen™

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet bell peppers

Clean Fifteen™

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet corn (note that most corn products contain GMO corn, sweet corn may also be grown from Roundup Ready seeds so best to buy organic to avoid GMOs)
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet frozen peas
  7. Papaya (note that Hawaiian papayas are GMO)
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mango
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honey dew melon
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli
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