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Eat Empowered - Dirty Dozen and Clean 15



Organic? Non-organic? GMO? non-GMO?


Is it really worth it? How do you prioritize your budget if you do want to purchase fruits and vegetables that are organic? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done the homework and will help you make more informed decisions on your next shopping trip. The articles below are links to the EWG website with some great resources. We have also attached the EWG's 2022 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce and a quick guide that you can print to keep in your wallet, the car, or your reusable shopping bag as a reference.
Our goal is not to scare or alarm you with this information. We only want to ensure that you have the knowledge you need to make wise decisions for your family. There are many, many products today that are labeled "organic" but it might not be worth your investment. The resources below will help to guide you to consider where it may be better for your family's health to explore organic options.

The Dirty Dozen is a phrase that refers to 12 “dirty” crops on which farmers use the most pesticides. The Clean Fifteen refers to fifteen crops that use the least amount of pesticides.
We shared some thoughts on the EWG recommendations on the latest Sunday Seedlings podcast/YouTube video. Please join us there for a brief 15 min conversation on this topic. We also discussed how to leverage this information in the context of a weekly shopping budget. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your food choices. Adding more plants to your plate is awesome and we hope that you find time to look at the EWG website and learn a little more about the dirty dozen and clean 15. Eating empowered means listening to your body, it means enjoying a diverse, colorful diet of a wide variety of food to fuel your body.

Do you have questions about organic foods? I am sure others do too. Please feel free to share in the stream so that we can all learn more together.

References
https://www.amys.com/community/our-blog/why-choose-organic-the-dirty-dozen
https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20220407/the-dirty-dozen-list
https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php
https://www.ewg.org/foodscores/?inlist=Y
https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/?
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