Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

Everything you eat, everything you buy is a political action. Every time you buy something, you’re actually voting.  Every time you buy something local or organic, you’re telling that grocery store that there is a consumer demand for those items and similar items. Every time you buy processed junk, you tell that grocery store that it needs more of that.

I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 15 years and I vote daily against inhumane agricultural animal welfare. I can’t buy everything organic, because money doesn’t grow on trees…But I choose items that would make the most impact, both on the planet and my body. Pesticides, agricultural animal waste and excess fertilizer has detrimental effects on our water systems and mother earth. Excess nutrients are overloaded into the watershed causing eutrophication. This triggers harmful algal blooms and hurt the growth of aquatic vegetation and marine life.  

I avoid Monsanto products like a plague and when buying organic I take the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen” into consideration. The “Dirty Dozen” are twelve fruits and vegetables that you want to make sure you buy organic. The “Clean Fifteen” are fifteen  fruits and vegetables that are grown using less pesticides so if you’re short on cash, you can conventional, not organic.


If you wanna vote for less pesticides and lessen your impact, here’s a list of the products you should buy organic if you have the means! And products you can get away with buying conventional when you’re scrapped for cash..

The Dirty Dozen:
Strawberries, Spinach, Kale, Nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes

The Clean Fifteen:
Avocados, Non-GMO Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Sweet Peas Frozen, Onions, Papayas, Eggplants, Asparagus, Kiwi, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cantaloupe, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Honeydew Melons.

Wouldn’t you love if when your children or your grandchildren could go to grocery store and the grocery store would be filled with fresh, local and organic foods. They wouldn’t have to say in the perimeter of the store to stay healthy. The whole store could be healthy. What a dream that would be!


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