I found the following list when I was researching organic food. I would love to switch all my food to organic but it’s so much more expensive. If I can find organic food in Woolworths I find that the Macro brand isn’t too expensive. It’s mainly the produce that’s out of my price range. It’s already $3.50 here for a head of cos lettuce that’s not organic! It’s $5.95 a kg for normal tomatoes and around $7-$8 per kg for vine ripened. Perhaps I should give a veggie garden another try…third times the charm right?
Some fruit and vegetables have a higher pesticide content than others. There is a list called the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and it makes sense. Grapes taste really weird and chemically until I’ve washed them thoroughly. I’m sure the pesticides are still on there though.
OK, so there are a few different opinions about foods that need to be on “Dirty Dozen” produce list. It seems, though, that no matter what list you read, the main culprits remain the same:
The above fruits and vegetables are considered the “Dirty Dozen” because they have the tendency to retain a higher level of pesticides and herbicides used by farmers than other types of produce. Let’s take a closer look, but first, a little background information.