Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen | When to Buy Organic

Posted on Mar 29, 2023 by Theresa Lehman

Eating organic is always the best option when it comes to the health of you and your family, and it is the most environmentally friendly option as well. It is cliché, but with organic groceries, you get what you pay for. However, with the price of groceries rising it may be hard to buy all organic. With practicality at the core of Miron’s sustainable mission, we want to share an easy and practical way to prioritize your grocery budget and eat food that is clean and healthy for you.

Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists. These lists inform consumers on what fruits and vegetables have less pesticides from those that are covered in them. EWG has a Healthy Living App that helps users prioritize when to buy organic and what foods should be avoided if organic is unavailable.

Whether your fruits and vegetables are organic or not, it is crucial that you thoroughly wash and/or peel the produce to reduce your pesticide residue consumption.

About Theresa Lehman

Dedicating her entire career to sustainable practice, Theresa has worked on more than 70 projects seeking LEED® certification utilizing the LEED®-NC, LEED®-CI, LEED®-CS, LEED®-EBOM, and LEED® for Schools green building rating systems. She has successfully certified projects that have earned LEED® certification at all four award levels including: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Her portfolio of LEED® projects includes many “Wisconsin firsts” such as the first State of Wisconsin LEED® certified project, the first healthcare facility, the first LEED®-EBOM Schools, the first LEED® for Schools project and the first zero-net energy / carbon neutral project–the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center–the “greenest building on the planet” according to Rick Fedrizzi, former President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.

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