Topic: dirty dozen

2012 Dirty Dozen Updates: The 12 Fruits & Vegetables Highest In Toxic Pesticides

2012 Dirty Dozen Updates: The 12 Fruits & Vegetables Highest In Toxic Pesticides

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released 2012 updates to the Dirty Dozen—a list of the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables—adding cucumbers to the list, in addition to a new “plus” category to indicate produce that didn’t meet the Dirty Dozen criteria, but are still contaminated with organophosphate insecticides, which are toxic to the nervous system. Most of the list is the same as in years past, but this year the EWG says to watch out for cucumbers, leafy greens like kale and collard greens, and green beans. More »

The Dirty Dozen, Beauty Edition: Chemicals to Ban From Your Cosmetics

The Dirty Dozen, Beauty Edition: Chemicals to Ban From Your Cosmetics

Sometimes, it’s hard to be a consumer. Giving all your love to just the right kind of products isn’t simple or cheap, so we rely hard on lists like “the dirty dozen” to make us smarter shoppers. We’re thrilled to find a dirty dozen list for our cosmetics; when it comes to shampoo and eyeshadow, it’s hard to remember which chemicals we should care about (or even how to pronounce them). The David Suzuki foundation, a charitable Canadian group dedicated to environmental conservation and education, finally made a list to help us decipher what we should toss out of our medicine cabinets. More »

A New Dirty Dozen: 12 Toxic Fish to Avoid Like the Plague

A New Dirty Dozen: 12 Toxic Fish to Avoid Like the Plague

Food & Water Watch just released the 2010 Smart Seafood Guide, which names its own Dirty Dozen – just like the 12 fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic. It’s made up of seafood that doesn’t meet at least two of the criteria created by Food & Water Watch, which focused on health issues, socioeconomic impact, and sustainability:

1. King crab: Despite being fished domestically, the bulk of king crab in the U.S. is imported from Russia, and isn’t well-regulated.

2. Caviar from beluga: This coveted species is often overfished and poached.

3. Atlantic bluefin tuna: These fish could be contaminated with mercury and PCB — plus, they’re overfished. More »