The big news is that EWG published their new Dirty Dozen (and Clean Fifteen). Here is the cute printable guide. I prefer to print out the full list. Each year, EWG ranks pesticide contamination of popular fruits and vegetables based on their analysis of 51,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted by the USDA and the FDA. You can read more about the methodology here. A few facts that will make your head spin (from EWG):
- As a category. peaches have been treated with more pesticides than any other produce, registering combinations of up to 57 different chemicals. Apples were next, with 56 pesticides and raspberries with 51.
- A single celery sample was contaminated with 13 different chemicals, followed by a single sample of sweet bell peppers (11), and greens (10).
In other breaking news, the USDA has replaced the Food Pyramid with My Plate. Definitely more useful, but personally I won't be looking to the USDA for eating advice anytime soon. Check out this awesome comparison of what the USDA recommends you eat versus what foods they subsidize. Love that USDA!
A few more reads:
Another reason to eat organic meat.
Tips for avoiding food poisoning without toxic chemicals.
And a fun instead of depressing one: finds at the antique shop!
Happy Father's Day!