The second topic I’m asked about most frequently is food. Students know that I’m passionate about simple, good, clean, mostly-organic Vegan food.
I don’t like the idea of pesticides on my food, poison for us, for the bugs, and they make a mess of the environment. But, we can’t always find or afford what we’d like in the organic section. I love the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, which produce has the most and least pesticide residue.
By choosing more of the cleaner foods and less of the contaminated foods, we can reduce our pesticide intake by up to 92% before even springing for the organic veggies.
I’d still suggest buying organics when you can, it’s just better for the land, it’s a more sustainable choice, and often tastes and looks better than the conventional. But when you need to decide where to best-spend your organic dollars, this guide can really help you navigate the farmers markets this summer.
Here’s the list, Let me know what you think, where you try and spend your food dollars. If you need some inspiring recipes to whip this amazing produce up with, check out Alicia Silverstone’s lifestyle blog: The Kind Life.
The Dirty Dozen (wash really well)
The Clean 15
Who can remember all of this? Click on The Dirty Dozen – Clean 15 for a nice printable, wallet-sized card form EWG.