The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and the ‘Clean 15’

Pesticides are an unfortunate reality of conventional food production.  They help farmers increase yields and keep food prices low.  But that means most produce contains small residual amounts – and some fruits and veggies contain more than others.

How is a shopper to know the difference?  The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental organization specializing in toxic chemical research and advocacy, has released its 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.  The guide ranks 45 types of produce based on results of pesticide residue testing done by the US Department of Agriculture.  The Dirty Dozen are the 12 types of produce most commonly contaminated with pesticides; the Clean 15, at the same link, are least likely to be.  All the others fall somewhere in between.

Organic food has no residues because it is produced without pesticides, but organic options aren’t always available.  So check out EWG’s full rankings here, and you’ve got the information you need to make wise produce choices.

(You can read about EWG’s methodology here.)

19 climate change games that could change the future

Whether it’s played on a board or on a screen, just about everyone enjoys a good game.  And great games can bring out a surprising degree of analysis, creativity, strategy and action –the very same traits that make humans uniquely able to overcome big challenges.  Like climate change.

ClimateProgress has compiled a list of 19 computer, role-playing and board games that put players into the heart of energy, economic and development issues that are at the core of climate change.  The list includes:

  • SimCity 5: a new version of the longstanding urban development computer game that incorporates sustainability and active transport
  • Climate Catan: a version of the popular “Settlers of Catan” featuring oil as a resource that fuels development but leads to environmental disaster (AKA reality)
  • “Stabilization Wedge” Game: based on Princeton University’s ground-breaking research, offers participants real-world options, choices and tradeoffs for cutting global emissions

Check out the list of all 19 games at