Beyond The Dirty Dozen—A Multi-Faceted Strategy to Defend Against Pesticides

Beyond The Dirty Dozen—A Multi-Faceted Strategy to Defend Against Pesticides | ecoNugenics

Pesticides aren’t going anywhere soon. They now impact basically every living thing… and their use is on the rise.

We need to consistently be improving our toxin awareness in order to minimize our toxic risk.

In this article, we’ll help you make smarter choices, by giving you vital information about which non-organic food items are considered safer and which to avoid.

But that’s not all. We also deliver effective detox strategies, with active steps you can take now to remove these toxins from your body.

Because even if you make the best diet and lifestyle choices possible, no one can avoid pesticides altogether.

First—The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen List

This annual guide from the Environmental Working Group, outlined below, empowers you with insights about foods with the most pesticides (“Dirty Dozen”), and those considered to be safer choices (“Clean Fifteen”). 
We want to make sure you have this health-saving information at your fingertips the next time you’re in the produce aisle. 

Second—Targeted Detox and Protection

To truly defend your health, you need evidence-based strategies that keep pesticides like glyphosate out of your body—while supporting key organs and systems in the process.

The good news is, we’ve developed a simple yet powerful new formula that can do just that…

What’s on YOUR Produce?

Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit environmental and consumer advocacy group, releases its annual report on pesticide levels in common non-organic produce items.

This annual Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen List identifies which 12 non-organic crops are most likely to contain the highest levels of pesticides (“Dirty Dozen”), and for some good news, which 15 crops are most likely to contain the lowest levels (“Clean Fifteen”).

The report is based on data collected during previous years from USDA testing and other sources. EWG acknowledges that this information is not complete since there are many pesticides—such as highly toxic glyphosate—that are not tested for by the USDA.

Nevertheless, the findings help to provide a general overview of which foods may be the dirtiest, and which may be safer options.

2020 Report Findings

This year’s report, The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce was released by the EWG in March 2020, and features some significant findings:

  • Dried raisins were analyzed for the first time, and are considered to be the “dirtiest” with the highest levels of pesticides—even on organic samples. However, the official Dirty Dozen list only focuses on fresh produce items.
  • More than 90% of strawberries, apples, cherries, spinach, nectarines, and kale tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides.
  • Kale samples showed up to 18 different pesticides on each sample.
  • The most common pesticide found on kale was DCPA (Dacthal®)—classified as a possible carcinogen banned by the EU in 2009.
  • Kale and spinach had an average of 1.1 to 1.8 times the pesticide residue by weight vs. other crops tested.

2020 EWG Dirty Dozen List

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes

The report found that even after washing, scrubbing and peeling (when necessary), these Dirty Dozen items still showed the highest percentages of pesticide residue. Health experts, including those within the EWG, recommend avoiding the Dirty Dozen and choosing organic versions whenever possible, to help safeguard health against high levels of toxic pesticide exposure.

2020 EWG Clean Fifteen List

  • Avocados and sweet corn were found to be the cleanest, with less than 2% of samples showing detectable levels of pesticides tested for.
  • Nearly 70% of fruit and vegetable samples showed no pesticides.
  • Only 7% of Clean Fifteen fruit and vegetable samples had two or more pesticides.

Working Toward a Healthier Future

The health impacts and toxicity levels of pesticides continue to spark debate between regulatory agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and environmental and health researchers and advocacy groups like the EWG.

The EWG and many others continue to remind us that pesticide safety data and usage guidelines are largely inadequate—or worse, ignored—posing significant risks to the health of consumers and the environment. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of toxic pesticide exposure, yet in many cases, precautions to protect children are also ignored. Much of the efforts of EWG involve working toward policy changes that can better support our health and the environment.

However, the unfortunate reality is that we can’t wait for policies to protect us against the ever-increasing use of pesticides—especially in the USA.

We have to take action ourselves.

Yet, whether you choose organic foods and products, or select the best available non-organic options using guidelines like the EWG annual report—it’s still impossible to completely avoid exposure to health-robbing pesticides and agricultural toxins.

But now, there’s a solution.

ecoNugenics new GlyphoCleanse is formulated by ecoNugenics founder and detoxification expert, Dr. Isaac Eliaz, to safely detox pesticides like glyphosate and environmental toxins, and promote lowering the body burden keeping them from being accumulated and stored in organs and tissues. GlyphoCleanse also works to support a healthy microbiome and GI tract integrity—key systems that are impacted by exposure to pesticides like highly toxic glyphosate.*

With all that’s going on in our world today, exposure to pesticides may seem like the least of your concerns.

It’s not.

The impacts of toxic body burden can be far-reaching, involving changes to your immune responses, hormone balance, neurological health, cellular function, and overall vitality.

The good news is that by taking active steps to safeguard against these pervasive toxins, using targeted formulas like GlyphoCleanse, we can effectively manage the impacts of toxin exposure, and support multiple areas of health in the process.*

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