The strawberries in the store looked beautiful-but what about the pesticide residue?

toxic strawberries

  This may be one food you want to get organic

I have been seeing fresh strawberries for awhile this spring in various stores-and now they are looking deep red and lushious. However, in past years The Environmental Working Group had rated strawberries as one of the most contaminated conventionally grown types of produces (not to mention the 'flu' farm workers get at the time of crop spraying).  So I thought it would be a good time to update my EWG's 2012 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.  The Environmental Working Group is a great resource for toxins to avoid in personal care items, foods,and cleaning supplies. They also have info on BPA and a water filter buying guide.  Check it out and download your EWG's Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in produce.  In the current rating strawberries are 5th on the Dirty Dozen list behind APPLES, celery, sweet bell peppers and peaches.  They also have a list called Clean 15 which ranks  the conventionally grown  least contaminated by pesticides produce.  Onions are number one and avocados number 4-so those I feel OK about buying non-organic, especially if the organic is unavailable or alot more expensive.  You can use these guides to help you decide which items you will really want organic. I am happy to see that asparagus is 7th on the clean 15 list.  Can't find or can't afford organic all the time?  Know that eating the produce is way more beneficial than not eating produce.  And a good rinse or soak can bring the pesticide levels down further.  Well, I'm going to be more careful with the apples and more indulgent with the aspagagus.  And if you have a source for organic strawberries that you'd like to share...........