The “Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen” simply explained

Want to eat as healthy as possible without breaking the bank?
Then the dirty dozen, clean fifteen is your answer.

Advances in technology have seen food producers turning to chemicals to protect their crops from pests, weeds and diseases to meet the demand for fresh, perfect unblemished produce across the globe. We were all perfectly happy to eat these products until research showed that some of the chemicals might be harmful to our bodies. As such there has been increasing demand for organically-grown produce that is better for the environment and good for our health.

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen:
There is a way to enjoy the benefits of eating organic produce without blowing your entire pay check. The Environmental Working Group tests, each year, all fruits and veggies you love so much for pesticides and ranks them starting with the “worst” ones. The first 12 are known as the “dirty dozen” and the EWG recommends buying these items as organic.

As you probably guessed it, the ‘clean fifteen’ are the bottom 15 ones, and these are not worth buying organic as they have the least pesticide residue.

So should you go organic? Well, it’s a personal preference based on your wants and needs and also on what you can afford. If reducing your exposure to chemical pesticides is important to you, choosing to eat the organic produce on the Dirty Dozen list is a good start. The EWG has estimated that individuals can reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying those dirty dozen.

That’s why we made it simple for you: our Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen Basket is a mix of organic produce (from the dirty dozen list) and non-organic produce (from the clean fifteen list). Take a look at the basket here.

Too expensive to go organic?
Thankfully, residual pesticides aren’t a reason to stop eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – the benefits of eating them far outweigh the risks associated with exposure to the pesticides. Check out our baskets coming from conventional farming.

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