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Dirty Dozen for 2019

The 2019 Dirty Dozen list is out now and there is one big surprise. Strawberries and spinach are still at the number one and two spots but Kale is now on the list at the dirty number three spot. By “dirty” this means the pesticide count was high and you should be eating the organic versions of these produce items.

More than half of the kale samples showed what is considered a possible human carcinogen, the pesticide DCPA (Dacthal). Dacthal has been banned in the EU yet it is still used here. Besides kale, it can be found on broccoli, sweet potatoes, egglant and turnips.

Here is the full list of produce tested. As the list goes down, the items are cleaner, with the cleanest being avocados.

It’s breakfast! Time for your glyphosate!

UGH! EWG (Environmental Working Group) has found many types of oat-based cereals and products contain glyphosate. Glyphosate is used to kill weeds. It is an herbicide by Monsanto marketed as Roundup. In 2015, WHO said it was “probably carcinogenic in humans” but later changed it to give ranges of 1mg/kg body weight per day to be what may be toxic. That’s about 45.36 mg per 100 pounds of weight. In 2017, California listed it in their registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.

EWG tells us more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops. In their study, they benchmarked 160ppb as a standard for health. Of the 45 conventional samples tested, 31 were above that benchmark; of the 16 organic products 0 were above that limit.

Farmers spray this just before harvest to help dry the plants out for harvest. You will not find this in your list of ingredients on your products.


This Year’s Dirty Dozen

Now that summer is almost here, the Victor crew thought it a good idea to revisit the Dirty Dozen guide for this year.

Topping the list this year is strawberries. This means they have more pesticides than any other produce and they should be purchased in organic form. In fact everything on the list should be purchased organic. In order the list is:
Sweet bell peppers
Hot Peppers

Strawberries are high on the list because of the dozens of pesticides used with some of them including chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive damage. Poisonous gases are also being used in the soil, including nerve gas. Spinach has moved to second place because of a pesticide banned in Europe.

The Clean 15 that you can eat without worrying about pesticides are as follows:
Sweet corn
Sweet peas (frozen)

Some sweet corn, papayas, and summer squash are made from GMOs in the U.S.

Find out more from EWG.org (Environmental Working Group.)

Do you know your food’s score?

EWG (Environmental Working Group) has rated over 80,000 foods with a food score. They rate foods on three criteria: Nutrition, Ingredients, Processing. The nutrition concerns of course are rated by how nutritious the food is. The ingredient concern looks at pesticides, additives, contaminants, and antibiotics. The processing of course points out that whole foods are more nutritious and helps point you to less processed options.

Let’s see how it works. I entered Del Monte Peaches. I found that the ones I usually purchase, No Sugar Added Sliced Peaches, rate a 6.0. The ratings are 1.0 to 10.0 with 1.0 being best. So with a score of 6.0, it looks like I’ll be looking for new peaches. No added sugar means they added sugar substiute – Sucralose.

This is just an aid to eat whole foods and keep on track. You can also download their food score app so you will have it when shopping.

Dirty Dozen update for 2014

Every year the new list comes out of the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen.” These are the foods that contain the most and least pesticides. What does that mean to you? You should buy organic produce on the “dirty dozen” list while the “clean fifteen” produce is ok to buy regularly and save money. The Victor crew wanted to pass the latest information on to you.

Top of the dirty dozen plus list once again are apples, followed by strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers and kale/collard greens.

The clean fifteen starts with avocados, followed by sweet corn, pineapple, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papaya, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower, sweet potatoes

Read more about it at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website.

Steve Victor