THE CLEAN FIFTEEN vs THE DIRTY DOZEN:

HOW TO SAVE YOUR HARD EARNED PENNIES BY BUYING SMART!

BY JOSIE TAYLOR

 

September is generally thought to be considered the month in which we promote all things organic. Well, over here at Future Frock, we think it's worth talking about this subject year round! As with all we say and do, we want to give you the information that helps you move in a more mindful direction by providing practical solutions, and prove that switching to “organic” doesn’t mean it has to hit your pocket as hard as you think it might!

The incredibly talented Josie Taylor, a.k.a The Fresh Ginger , represented by artist agency Novel Beings, created this sensational visual spectacular (both styled and photographed it we might add) to show just which fruits and vegetables are best to start switching out – or sticking to – and how to keep the costs down while doing so.

Over to Josie…

BUYING ORGANIC: THE CLEAN & THE DIRTY

Want to go organic, but think you can’t afford it?  Turns out, not all fruits and vegetables contain an equal amount of pesticides. Some may be cleaner than you think, whilst others are downright dirty.

Each year the U.S. Environmental Working Group releases its ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists – the fruits and vegetables containing the highest levels of pesticide residue and those containing the least. Although some pesticides used across the pond aren’t used here in the EU, the list can be a valuable point of reference for health and flavour conscious shoppers on a budget.

Some may be cleaner than you think, whilst others are downright dirty.

The Clean Fifteen

Grapefruit, Aubergines, Kiwi fruit, Melon, Pineapples, Avocado, Mango, Sweetcorn, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Peas (frozen) and Papaya

The Dirty Dozen

Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Strawberries, Grapes, Celery, Spinach, Peppers, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Potatoes .

Honorable mention: Chilies, kale  Omitted: snap peas imported into the US

THE DIRTY DOZEN: Fruits and vegetables containing the highest amount of pesticides. If you’re looking to buy organic, invest your money here.

THE CLEAN FIFTEEN: Fruit and veg with the lowest readings.  Save money by popping these into your supermarket trolley

Conventional shop:

Waitrose

2 grapefruit£1.10

1 aubergine 0.80

6 kiwi   £0.66

1 melon £2.00

1 large pineapple £1.70

2 avos £2.00

2 mangoes £2.50

2 sweetcorn£1.00

1 red cabbage £0.80

700g sweet potato £.0.84

500g onions0.40p

asparagus £2.30

1 cauliflower £1.00

500g petit pois   £0.88

papaya £1.99

Total: £19.97

Organic shop:

Waitrose, where possible – W

Able & Cole, where not available at Waitrose– A&C

2 Grapefruit £2.05 W

1 Aubergine £1.48 A&C

4 Kiwi fruit £1.94 W

1 Cantaloupe melon£2.00 W

1 Red cabbage £1.75 A&C

Asparagus 200g£2.75 W

Sweet potatoes 700g£2.10 W

2 Avocadoes £2.58 W

1 Cauliflower£2.00 W

Petits pos 500g – £1.99 W

1 Pineapple £3.99 A&C

2 Mangoes £3.90 A & C

2 Sweetcorn £2.20 W

Onions 500g – £1.10

1 Papaya £3.85

£35.68

 

So there it is folks...indisputable proof that if you are armed with good information, it is very possible to feed you and your family a healthy, wholesome meal without it denting the bank!

 

While Josie was researching this piece, she realised that the EU doesn't have a dedicated body like the EWG for current information that represents EU grown fruit and vegetables. She is now working on a solution to this.

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