We all know it is better for our health and better for our planet to grow and eat organic, pesticide free produce (just think about our declining bee population…) but, how many of us can actually afford to or are willing to pay the often hefty price tag that organic and spray free fruit and vegetables are obliged to carry?
If you are not able to grow your own produce, shop at a local pesticide free grower, or are simply in an area where organic produce is hard to find, then here’s something that may help! Every year the EWG (Environmental Working Group), test standard grocery store produce and publish a list of the fruit and veg items that contain either only trace amounts of or no pesticides and publish them into a handy little list called The Clean Fifteen.
They also publish a scary list called The Dirty Dozen which, on the flipside, is a list of probably some of your favourite fruit and veg that contain the highest amounts of pesticides and should absolutely be avoided in non-organic, sprayed forms at all costs.
So here they are! (Click here for the Downloadable List so you can print them out for the fridge and store it on your phone to help you when you are shopping)
The Clean Fifteen for 2019:
- Eggplant / Aubergine
- Honeydew Melons
- Kiwi Fruit
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
The Dirty Dozen for 2019:
- Sweet Bell Peppers (Capsicums)
And if you already have a little garden going or would like to have a crack at it, check out our Urban Composter here and learn how to turbocharge your little crop!