Dirty Dozen - Clean Fifteen

      Recently the Environmental Working Group released their newest lists on whether consumers should buy conventional or organic produce, based on how much pesticide use those foods typically require. The "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" show consumers the 12 items that may be best as organic, and the 15 items that can be bought as conventional, respectively. Yet, Deena Shanker with Bloomberg suggest this sort of list may end up making American consumers less healthy and worse off. Her article highlights how pesticides can be found on organic produce, and just because an item is on the 'Dirty Dozen' does not mean it's covered in pesticides. The conclusion is that "fear of pesticides can drive people away from fruits and vegetables in general." The lack of research, clear information, and major price differences could be having an effect on the consumers willingness to buy any produce, organic or not. If you would like to read the full article, check it out here: