The Zoomer Report: Dirty Dozen 2012

Here’s the latest update to The Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen guide. It’s designed to help shoppers determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues, and are therefore the most important to buy organic. This year’s guide is identical to last year’s, with two notable additions to the high pesticide watch: green beans, and leafy greens like kale and collard greens.

These veggies don’t meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria, which measure the number of pesticides in the food and the levels of it. However, the EWG says they are often contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides, and so should be purchased organic whenever possible.

So here’s the list:
• Apples
• Celery
• Sweet bell peppers
• Peaches
• Strawberries
• Nectarines – imported
• Grapes
• Spinach
• Lettuce
• Cucumbers
• Blueberries – domestic
• Potatoes

• Leafy greens
• Green Beans

Photo © Dušan Kostić

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Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report
Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.
Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.