The Dirty Dozen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a watchdog group for environmental toxins. Their website has many helpful resources, including lists of clean/toxic fish sources, water analysis by county, ingredients in cosmetics, and their produce guide to the Dirty Dozen.

The Dirty Dozen is a list of fruits and vegetables that tend to have the highest pesticide/herbicide levels and should be avoided or purchased as organic. Unfortunately, this year, kale has been added to the list.

They also provide a list called the Clean 15, fruits and vegetables that are generally safe, even when they are grown conventionally. These foods generally do not contain toxic levels of pesticides or herbicides.

Dirty Dozen –
Clean 15 –
Tap Water Guide –
Skin Deep Cosmetic Database –

Author: Joan Vaughn

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