The Dirty Dozen, or the Pesticides in Food List
“Organic produce is no different from normal fruits and veggies!”
Ever heard this before? Usually it’s from some loud guy whose opinion nobody asked for. Eyes bulging from the sockets. Kinda sweaty. Probably a Reagan stan. You know, that guy.
For every hard fought humanitarian idea out there, you’ll find a chorus of rebels using their eminent wit to sum it up as “dumb” or “stupid.”
Organic produce, ergo, is stupid. Hard to argue that logic.
Regardless, this new report disagrees, ruffling some feathers by naming the top 12 (non-organic) vegetables ridden with pesticide residue. Some of EWG's results are more surprising than others. Strawberries, for example, rank higher than toxic-tenured spinach (which was recalled in 2016 by both Walmart and Trader Joe’s due to the same salmonella outbreak).
More than 90% of samples on this list contained residue from not just one, but multiple pesticides! Where was the alarm from the organic crowd? For how long did those organic quacks keep it secret? Why didn’t anybody tell us?!
What the Report Reveals
While synthetic pesticides today are crazy dangerous, there’s a real need to protect crops from being wiped out by bugs. Farmers throughout history have come up with ways to keep pests to a minimum and avoid a famine. Beetles, nematodes and diatomaceous earth were such effective solutions that they’re still used today.
Then commercial farming happened.
When you can make billions of dollars growing food, anything that yields a bigger harvest means more revenue. Anything, including toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
Here in the home of the brave, our health goes toe to toe with pesticides like organophosphate and DCPA (which was banned in the EU). The Dirty Dozen report shows just how much of our food is tainted by commercial farms who prioritize their bottom line over our health.
Don’t Pick Your Poison
The irony is that these toxins coat otherwise healthy fruits and vegetables, meaning that the people most affected are the ones trying to eat clean. And it’s easy to see why. Organic produce isn’t always available or affordable. Sometimes, you just gotta buy whatever tomatoes will make the sauce. However, some vegetables are more free of pesticides than others.
The Clean Fifteen — the other list in the report — names produce that isn’t as risky to eat. Avocados, onions, eggplant, asparagus, broccoli and cabbage all contain lower concentrations of pesticide residue.
Seriously Bro, Buy Organic
If you want to avoid pesticide residue from collecting in your body, you should avoid eating food that contains synthetic pesticides. Buy organic, in other words. No matter what our Reagan-loving buddy says, science shows that organic diets correlate with better health.
Eat clean, buy organic when you can.