Avoiding the Dirty Dozen
I finally got my container garden in this past week! It did get down into the high 30s on Sunday morning, but I’m hoping we’re done with the threat of frost.
This will be the biggest garden I’ve ever tried with 4 different types of tomatoes, 4 varieties of peppers, cucumbers and cilantro (which was a huge fail last year).
I container garden due to the very rocky terrain and the difficulty in keeping gardens out of the paws of critters.
We might just have to rename The Party Deck to The Plant Deck.
I’ll be glad to not have to buy some of these things when my plants start producing. I’m growing everything organic, which can get expensive at the store.
When I paid a visit to the doctor last week, we talked about our new healthier lifestyle and how it was going. We got on the subject of soda and diet soda and how bad they are for us. I told him we try to drink green tea, and he asked me if it was organic. I told him Dale had shopped for the tea and brought home conventional.
Tea, evidently, is one of the big no-nos to buy conventional (who knew?) as it has tested high in pesticide residue. Tea is not listed among the Dirty Dozen, but I trust my doctor, so we purchased organic green tea this week. It did get me to wondering again about the “Dirty Dozen,” so called by the Environmental Working Group for the foods that have tested the highest in pesticide residue.
Because of the cost of organic, if I can get away with not buying organic avocados and bananas, I will (they rank #48 and #35 respectively on the list of having lesser pesticide residue).
I read this list a while back, but had also read somewhere that if you can peel it, the food should be ok. Generally true, but not for potatoes, which I’ve been buying conventionally grown (#10 on the list, oops).
Here is the Dirty Dozen. For a list of all 48 tested foods, go to the link for EWG above:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
Keep in mind that this list tested for pesticide residue only and didn’t take into consideration genetically modified foods (GMOs). While corn is not on this list, we always buy organic to avoid buying a GMO, as up to 80 percent of all corn produced now is genetically modified.
Other foods they recommend you purchase organic are meat and dairy products. If meat and dairy are not marked organic, the animals could have been fed GMOs or been given hormones and antibiotics.
I bought 9 of the items on this list this past week and all but the potatoes were organic.
What’s your score?