Eating organic food is always preferable.  Organic food is grown without chemical pesticides, may contain more natural antioxidants and nutrients linked to reduced risk for cancer, stroke, and heart disease, and tastes more flavorful.  But, organic food can be more expensive.  What do you do?  You go by the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” guidelines developed by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization which uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.

The Dirty Dozen are the 12 fruits and vegetables most heavily sprayed with pesticides – they contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving – and the ones you should always buy organic. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides. They are, starting with the worst: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale/collard greens.  

The Clean 15 are the fifteen fruits and vegetables lowest in pesticides and not necessary to buy organic.  They are, starting with the best: onions, corn, pineapples, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, mushrooms.

Organic foods represent the fastest growing food market, rising 21% annually, and are now easily found in traditional grocery stores like Stop and Shop and even Wal-Mart.  Fortunately, following the Dirty Dozen is not a problem.  For more information visit

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  2. Today, I went to the beach front with my children.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to
    tell someone!


    • How sad and how unfortunate that this charming thing we’ve all done turned out that way. How old is your daughter? I would give it time, but then find another shell and let her examine it first, then try listening again. It’s kind of like falling off a horse, you have to get right back on. Please let me know what happens if you try again. Going to the beach and being apart of the ocean is a precious thing. I would hate for her to deny herself of that pleasure forever. Good luck and thanks for telling me.



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