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Organic produce and products
are grown without the use of
pesticides, synthetic fertilizers,
genetically modified organisms (GMO), sewage sludge
or ionizing radiation. Meats,
poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that
have not been given growth
hormones or antibiotics.

Why:

Organic farmers must meet
rigorous standards before their
food is distributed to local supermarkets or restaurants.
They use renewable resources
and conserve soil and water to
enhance environmental quality for future generations. In
addition to the environmental advantages, some studies
indicate that organic produce
has higher levels of certain
nutrients. Source: altmedrev.com

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If you don't have a green
thumb and you can't get to a
farmers market, try the grocery store. You'll find a wider
selection than ever before,
now that organic foods have
become mainstream. With
consumers getting healthier,
the demand for higher quality
foods has changed the market
for the better. So grab a basket,
bag or buggy and load up on
all your favorites! Here's a list
of the foods you definitely
want to buy organic.

The

Dozen

According to the Environmental Working Group, the
following produce was among the dirtiest in 2018. Based on
data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these items were tested
after being washed. Note that washing fruits and vegetables might reduce
pesticide residue on skins and peels, but it won't eliminate pesticides that
have been absorbed by the roots into the tissue of the fruit or vegetable.

1. Strawberries

4. Apples

One-third of all conventional
strawberry samples contained
10 or more pesticides. One
strawberry sample contained an
astounding 22 pesticide residues.

Ninety percent of conventional
apples had detectable pesticide
residues. Eighty percent of apples
tested contained diphenylamine, a
pesticide banned in Europe.

2. Spinach

5. Sweet Bell Peppers
& Hot Peppers

Ninety-seven percent of
conventional spinach samples
contained pesticide residues.
Conventional spinach had
relatively high concentrations
of permethrin, a neurotoxic
insecticide.

3. Nectarines
Nearly 94 percent of nectarine
samples contained two or more
pesticides. One sample of conventionally grown nectarines contained residues of 15 pesticides.

Almost 90 percent of conventional
sweet bell pepper samples
contained pesticide residues.
Sweet bell peppers can contain
fewer pesticide residues than
other Dirty Dozen foods, but the
pesticides tend to be more toxic
to human health. Nearly threequarters of hot pepper samples
contained pesticide residues. Hot
peppers are on the Dirty Dozen
Plus list because they contain
traces of highly toxic pesticides.

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