Reduce Pesticides = Reduced Risk of Cancer

A new report issued by the President’s Cancer Panel recommends eating produce without pesticides to reduce your risk of getting cancer and other diseases.

According to the Environmental Working Group (an organization of scientists, researchers and policymakers), certain types of organic produce can reduce the number of toxins you consume on a daily basis by as much as 80 percent.

When To Buy Organic

​12 Fruits and Vegetables You May Want To Buy Local and Organic

The group put together two lists, “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15,” to help consumers know when they should buy organic and when it is unnecessary.

These lists were compiled using data from the United States Department of Agriculture on the amount of pesticide residue found in non-organic fruits and vegetables after they have been washed.

Here are the 12 fruits and vegetables you should always buy local and sustainable. Most of these are available at CHFM!

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches*
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries (domestic)
  6. Nectarines*
  7. Bell Peppers (sweet)
  8. Spinach, kale and collard greens
  9. Cherries*
  10. Potatoes
  11. Grapes (imported & local)
  12. Lettuce

*Unfortunately not available at CHFM

Conventionally Grown Goods

Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables on ‘The Dirty Dozen’ list tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing as high as 67.

If these chemicals don’t concern you, what about the damaging effects these pesticides are having on our bee population!

The Clean 15

The group also identified the “Clean 15” or items in the report with the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue:

  1. Sweet corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwifruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit