Eating outdoors in the fresh air often sets the scene for some of our most memorable moments. Enjoying a crisp, gentle breeze as we unpack delicious picnic eats, whether planned or impromptu, makes our family extremely happy, quite close to peaceful, at times. Heading out to our favorite, secluded places for dining al fresco, we sometimes have very little preparation time. Knowing that many of our fave choices for fruit and veggies are among the Dirty Dozen, when unable to properly wash our produce, we often bring along Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash (affiliate) to safely clean everything we're eating. Pesticides are commonly found in varying levels on much of our produce when not sourced from organically grown processes. t's important to note that small amounts of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold within the United States are produced from genetically modified seeds. Better choices would be buying nutritious, organic fruit and vegetables, when available for non-GMO produce. Do you know about the Clean Fifteen?
Do You Know About the Clean Fifteen?"EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, updated every year since 2004, ranks pesticide contamination of 47 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is based on results of more than 40,900 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It is important to note that the samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared to be eaten. This means the produce has been thoroughly washed and, when applicable, peeled. After these preparations, pesticide residues are still detected on many of the fruits and veggies."