Now what? The Clean 15, Dirty Dozen, and Top GMO Foods

It is very understandable that some people cannot grow their own food, have access to local or fresh options, or cannot can or blanch. Some people have time restraints, some have budget restraints, and some are disabled.

Some people are lazy about food too *chuckles* and that’s ok- maybe they prefer to use their time volunteering.

Anyway, this post is for all of you.

There are three lists here to help you make healthy choices. The first is the Clean 15- that is, the food that has the least amount of pesticides sprayed on it. The second list is the dirty dozen, or food that uses the most amount of pesticides. And lastly, I’ve included the list of the most common genetically modified foods, which you can hold up against the Dirty Dozen. The way I use this information is to place “organic” label priority first for foods that have been genetically modified, and then for foods that have the most pesticides. All organic food is free of GMO’s. This information can be found on the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

The Clean 15:

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantalope
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms


The Dirty Dozen:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries
  12. Potatoes

And Also:

  • Green Beans
  • Kale

Most commonly genetically modified foods:

  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Papaya
  • Rice
  • Tomatoes
  • Rapeseed/Canola
  • Dairy (from growth hormone)
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Sugar Beets
  • Squash
  • Wheat
  • Salmon
  • Zuccini
  • Alfalfa sprouts

So there you have it! Happy shopping! (Don’t forget your reusable shopping bag)



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