DD and C15

These are labels that I’m attaching to my Happy Ad Wednesday posts. I know some people are all organic, or non-GMO, or only cage-free egg shoppers. I can’t keep track of all of that.

I can follow the Environmental Working Group‘s advice, and try to buy the organic version of the most pesticide-laden of the produce I purchase, and worry less about buying organic for the ones that have the least. I’m labeling sale items on Wednesday with (DD) and (C15) so that you can factor that in to your shopping choices. Decisions are best made with as much information as you can get, so I’m including it to help us all be informed Cheepsters.

So often, I read articles that could make me feel poorly about my choices as a shopper if I weren’t the Cheepie that I am–articles about only shopping organic, only shopping local, only buying this or that, and giving the impression that shoppers don’t have a clue.

The only reason I am listing this is to let you know. Not to tell you to buy one thing or another. My kids go through apples like you wouldn’t believe. So when something happens like Central Market has organic apples on sale for 99c/lb? I buy a lot, because that’s a good price even for conventional.  When organics are all $3/lb? I am not buying organic, and I’m also buying fewer apples.  That’s my choice.  You make your choice based on what’s best for your family, your budget, and the meals you’re eating.  I want you to have all the information you can get, and make a choice.

So here’s the Dirty Dozen (Plus) and the Clean Fifteen.

Dirty Dozen

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

DD Plus (these have special concerns, though the info is a bit dated)

  1. Hot peppers
  2. Kale/collard greens

The Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes



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