Organic Produce: Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

====The ins and outs of organic produce ====

On  July 11th 2018 Beth Fisher (who also goes by Snack Mama) spoke to the East Side Afterschool Program.  She educated the youth about organic produce, including the fruits and vegetables the have the highest levels of pesticides.

The dirty dozen and the clean fifteen is a resource distributed by the Environmental Working Group to help the public choose which foods they should buy organic and when you can go non-organic.

Visit the EWG website for more information on leading a healthy lifestyle.

Top 5 most important foods to buy organic
  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
organic produce dirty dozen
This Photo contains a list of the produce that is most important to buy organic!

If you cannot afford to buy organic produce, please do not let this article stop you from eating the healthy foods listed above.  Instead, thoroughly wash and soak fruits and veggies before consuming them. This will help with removing some of the unhealthy chemicals.

Top 5 safest to eat non organic
  1. Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pinneaple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
Organic produce avocados clean 15
This is a list including the safest foods to to buy non organic!


Pesticides, while typically vilified in the media, do have an important role to play in our modern food system.

Pros of pesticide use
  • Pesticides act as insurance against insect  infestations, which can wipe out entire crops. Insuring a more reliable produce source.
  • Pesticides protect produce during travel, when the fruits and veggies we love are under threat against other insects that love them too.
  • Pesticides cost money, but overall make growing food more affordable for farmers, businesses, and consumers.
Cons of pesticide use
  • Genetic resistance: due to evolution, different varieties of insects and rodents are becoming immune to the common pesticides, which calls for harsher and more potent chemicals.
  • The chemicals found is pesticides are harmful to the human body
  • Certain varieties of pesticides contain carcinogens, which are cancer causing.
  • Pesticide use is hard to contain, as organic produce grown in the same area can be contaminated by the chemicals due to pesticides travelling through the air.

The Eastside Afterschool Program’s youth showed interest in understanding why organic food is healthier. Thanks to our donors the kids and young adults have the skills to make healthy and affordable produce shopping decisions and are keen on spreading the knowledge with their families!

Make A Donation to Good Food for All