The “DIRTY Dozen”

Dirty Dozen

“The Dirty Dozen” list.

As promised! The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list. The Dirty Dozen tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should definitely go organic — unless you like the idea of consuming a chemical cocktail.

Why are some types of produce more prone to sucking up pesticides than others? Richard Wiles, senior vice president of policy for the Environmental Working Group ( says, “If you eat something like a pineapple or sweet corn, they have a protection defense because of the outer layer of skin. Not the same for strawberries and berries.”

Well, now you know!  I hope it helps you make better decisions… for your family and the environment. Little steps. We can change the world!