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2015's Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
of Fruits and Veggies

Every year the Environmental Working Group launches their list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 of produce. These two lists are helpful in assisting you in finding which fruits and veggies you should prioritize in your organic food budget and which are safer to "cheat" on if necessary (such as when organic isn't affordable, or even available in your region).

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Two Important Points About the Lists

First, keep in mind that just because it's on the Dirty list doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't ever eat it; although organic is always preferred (both for your own health and the health of the environment) eating conventional produce is better than eating none at all. And properly washing your produce will also go a long way in decreasing your exposure to harmful chemicals.

Also remember that just because it's on a Clean list doesn't necessarily make it the best option. You'll notice that many of the cleanest fruits are tropical, which means they might not be local to you at all (meaning a big eco-footprint to get it to you in the first place), or may still be genetically modified (GMO) and perhaps why it has such low pesticide residue (because the pesticides are actually in the genes of the plant now!).

So as always, use this as a guideline to help you make informed decisions, but not as your only resource.

To learn more about the ins and outs of organic food, check out these links, as well as the graphics below:

Now onto this year's (and previous year's) lists!

2015's Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Most of the fruits and veggies have stayed the same from the previous (although they've changed positions from 2014's list, below), but you'll see a few new items among the list too:

The first is a list of 12 or more produce items that contain the highest pesticide residues among conventional produce; these are the ones you should prioritize in your organic food budget. The second lists the fifteen items that use the least pesticides and are safer to buy conventional if necessary.

The Dirty Dozen for 2015: these are the fruits and veggies you should buy organic, via SustainableBabySteps.com
The Dirty Dozen for 2015: these are the fruits and veggies you should buy organic, via SustainableBabySteps.com

2014's Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

This is 2014's list, so you can see the comparisons from one year to the next. For inquiring minds. ;)

The Dirty Dozen for 2014: these are the fruits and veggies you should buy organic, via SustainableBabySteps.com
The Dirty Dozen for 2014: these are the fruits and veggies you should buy organic, via SustainableBabySteps.com

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