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Love this illustration by @brenna_quinlan showing this year’s DIRTY DOZEN 🍓🍒🍑🥔🥬🍎🍏🍊🍇🍅 #eatorganic
Organic and local are always best. The #dirtydozen is released each year by the @environmentalworkinggroup to help us when choosing our fruit and veggies. It's important to keep in mind that processed foods will have pesticides in them too, so boycotting the veg on this list and just eating packaged bikkies and chocolate isn't really the answer.
70% of produce sold in the USA has pesticide residue on it even after washing, and almost every US citizen has detectable pesticide levels in their blood, urine and, for the recent mums, in their breast milk too. A wide range of health effects are associated with exposure to some pesticides, and the combined effects of the cocktail we ingest is only just beginning to be uncovered.
The answer? Join your local community or school garden, plant a seed in a pot on your balcony, trade with your neighbours, head down to the farmers market and meet your local food producers, or sign up to a veg box scheme. Fresh local food is better for us, and it tastes better too!