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The “Dirty Dozen”

Going organic is really important to me. First and foremost it’s a health thing for me. Babies today are born with so many toxins already in their bodies and we don’t even know what the effects of some of them will be down the line. But of course it’s also about the environment and about social responsibility – doing our part to ensure that workers aren’t exposed to dangerous chemicals in the production of the food we eat.

When Alec first started on solids and was having homemade purées etc, I used to buy organic for him, but often chose locally-produced for Sumit and me, even if it wasn’t organic. But as we transitioned into all eating the same thing, I now buy organic whenever it is available and will even choose not to buy a particular ingredient if I can’t find it organic.

It’s not always easy for me to find everything organic here in Stockholm, but I feel like every time I go shopping, there are more and more products turning up in organic versions. And we have a great weekly delivery of organic fruit and veg.

The Dirty Dozen is a list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables we eat. So – if you have a limited selection or budget and can’t do all organic – here are the 12 foods to splurge on organic (or just avoid I guess):

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes


And here are the least contaminated fruits and vegetables:

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya


Source: Organic.Org

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  1. Posted February 19, 2013 at 00:08 | Permalink

    Great post. We try, too, to go organic and live in Sweden. I miss the local product you can buy in the US; do try to buy from local farmers when I can in Sweden but, as you state: it’s hard, here, as well, to then also have organic. I wish I were a devoted gardener! Thanks for publishing the list — it’s always such a good reminder to see again.

    • Mina
      Posted February 19, 2013 at 00:24 | Permalink

      Gina, have you tested home delivery from Ekolådan or Årstiderna? We have a subscription with Årstiderna, so every Thursday there is a crate of organic veg and one of fruit and a bag of avocados delivered to our door. They also have “matkasse” and a ton of extras to add-on. Definitely not so local but quite seasonal and pretty good variety…

      • Posted February 23, 2013 at 09:31 | Permalink

        Mina, I was thinking about asking you the same! I didn’t know about the matkassa beginning, either. Yes, we’ve had both. We’re about to start Årstiderna again. We had that when our three were babies and at times I affectionately called it “my husbands veggies” because we weren’t always able to keep up with it; however, now it would be perfect!! I really liked Årstiderna. Earlier we lived in Hammarby Sjöstad and I would cross with the ferry regularly into Söder to “Bonden” (do you know this market?) for produce and Kajsa Warg. Great post! Thank you.

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