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The Dirty Dozen

Many years ago there was a movie entitled “The Dirty Dozen.” It was set in WWII and was a good movie.  Today, however, when I think of the dirty dozen, I think about the following foods that on the top twelve of having the most pesticides. They are: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, grapes, cherries, nectarines, spinach, most greens including kale, collard and mustard, bell and hot peppers, and lastly green beans. I am a big believer in organic and I think all fruit purchases should be organic. There is also of list of what is considered the clean fifteen.  I do not agree with many of the items on the list but here it is: Onions, papaya, pineapple, frozen sweet peas, sweet corn, avocados, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, kiwi, honeydew melon, mushrooms, cabbage, and watermelon. I disagree with many of the items on this list.  Although, the hard shell fruits and vegetables are probably safe. I have actually never seen organic cantaloupe or honeydew melons as organic. Before organic was popular I was always buying organic carrots and as many fruits and vegetables that were available.  The problem is that in many groceries here in the states the organic is packaged in such a way as to sell but not allow you to look.  In the past week I have ended up with moldy organic raspberries and tomatoes  That is nine American dollars or 9.72 Euros.   It is not good no matter how you look at it. The problem is that pesticides have been around since the fifteenth century. You have to wonder how much of it is left in the ground. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Coming soon audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now!  “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at



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