For those of you who may not already know, one of my areas of interest include the problem of human body pollution, also called the human body burden (* see also the Human Toxome Project). One of the ways that consumers can help minimize the number of harmful chemicals our bodies are exposed to is by choosing organic products.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done outstanding work over the past few years raising the awareness of this problem, which I believe is even more pressing than Global Warming. For example, they have developed a database of consumer hygiene products, which consumers can use free of charge to discover just how toxic or Earth-friendly the product it.
They also have a Produce Shopper’s Guide, listing the dirty dozen of produce – that is, those types of produce that were tested and found to contain high levels of synthetic pesticides and other chemicals. The list also provides a list of 15 of the “cleanest” produce varieties, in a downloadable and printable business card format for ease in shopping. I call this the produce shopper’s best friend. If you can’t afford to buy all organic, or not all varieties are available at your local store, use this guide to help shop for the varieties that are “cleaner” for you and your family.
Stop by and download the newest version, updated this week at EWG.org.