Executive Summary: Eat your fruits and vegetables!

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What are your thoughts on EWG’s 2012 Guide to pesticides in produce and the “Dirty Dozen Plus” and “Clean 15” fruits and vegetables? Executive Summary: Eat your fruits and vegetables! | EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™.

There has been so much controversy over food contamination in the recent press, it’s dizzying. We’ve learned food, particularly beef and poultry, from the U.S. isn’t always safe either as it has been known to carry salmonella and other food-borne illnesses. What’s a mom to do?

My plan has been simple, I buy fruits and veggies certified as organic from the U.S. and those from local farmers. The biggest obstacle is a limited selection during the cold winter months in Minnesota. Unfortunately, my family mostly eats summer fruits such strawberries, watermelon, and raspberries. Beyond this plan, I’m a bit mystified on how to continue eating whole, clean fruits and veggies during the cold months.

Dirty Dozen Plus™ – Buy these organic
Apples, Celery, Sweet Bell Peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Grapes (imported), Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Blueberries (imported), and Potatoes.

Plus
Green Beans and Kale.
+ May contain pesticide residues of special concern

Clean 15™ – Lowest in Pesticides
Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Cabbage, Sweet Peas, Asparagus, Mangoes, Eggplant, Kiwi, Cantaloupe (domestic), Grapefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Grapefruit, Watermelon, and Mushrooms.

Are there any expert canners out there that have easy recommendations? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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