25 Jun '11, 3pm

What Makes the Dirty Dozen So Darn Dirty?

What Makes the Dirty Dozen So Darn Dirty?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2011 list of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and vegetables. At the top of the list and considered the worst offenders were apples and celery followed by strawberries and peaches. The list also included spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, domestic blueberries, lettuce, and kale/collard greens. You can also take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum known as the 'Clean 15,' which listed onions, corn, and pineapples at the top of the list. View the rest of the 'Clean 15' list . We hear these terms thrown around all the time, but what does Dirty Dozen really mean? Specifically, what makes the 'Dirty Dozen' so darn dirty? Marion Nestle recently outlined how EWG came up with its statistics and it's pretty interesting. Here's how they rate fruits and vegetables: Percent of samples test...

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