This month Thomson & Bancks’ Head of Medical Negligence, Lucy Sherry looks at the EWG’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 in our latest “You Matter to Us” blog post offering.
The Environmental Working Group is an American 4* non-profit rated charity whose mission is to save us from eating toxic pesticides in our food and live healthier lives.
They compile an annual list of seemingly healthy foods we should avoid at the current time, unless we buy organic. Those that do not need to be bought from organic producers at this time, they name as the “Clean 15”. They do far more than that of course, for instance, exposing poor farming practices and the condition of an area’s water or soil quality but we can only focus here upon their most famous work.
The “Dirty Dozen”; foods which consumers should only buy if organic during 2017:
Conversely, those fruit and vegetables you do not need to worry about buying non-organic during 2017 are named as the “Clean 15”:
As well as containing less pesticides, those on the Clean 15 list, offer options to consumers who are looking for less expensive, healthier options, listing produce that can be purchased without being organic. However, the produce listed on the Dirty Dozen list, should be purchased organic to ensure the least amount of pesticides are present.
The list changes annually, so it is worth checking on the EWG website for an up-to-date list of contaminated fruit and vegetables, as well as information about other farming and health issues.
See number 8 on the ‘clean 15’ list above? An amazing British vegetable, the Asparagus isn’t just a popular addition to your dinner plate, it’s also the focus of celebrations across Pershore and the local area!
The British Asparagus Festival has grown bigger and better year on year, recognising the world’s finest “gras”. Organising events over a two-month period from 23rd April, the festival hosts the Great British Asparagus Run, Coach Tours and the famous Asparagus Auctions, where the best and freshest local Asparagus is auctioned to raise vital funds.
Here at Thomson & Bancks, we are really looking forward to the events planned over the next couple of months and couldn’t be happier with the engagement the festival earns for the local area, each year. Perhaps we’ll see you there?
What, When and Where?
April 23rd – June 21st 2017
The Vale of Evesham.
Lucy Sherry, Solicitor-Advocate; Head of Medical Negligence specialises in medical negligence litigation, previously representing the NHS Litigation Authority and one of the GP Unions. Lucy now works with injured individuals and bereaved families to achieve compensation for adverse outcomes. Lucy has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge, regularly delivering medico-legal training to lawyers, attending many hours of medical lectures each year to keep abreast of changes in treatments, and gaining an insight into new health and medical findings to share with Thomson & Bancks’ clients and visitors to this blog.
Find out more about the British Asparagus Festival 2017
March 2017 – Blog on Going Sugar-free this Lent
February 2017 – Blog on Antibiotics in Animal Feed & the Rise of the Superbug; 1 Reason Why I was Vegetarian!
January 2017 – Blog on Alcohol; a harmless social escape or a dangerous poison?
December 2016 – Blog on Our annual Christmas binge & January famine!
November 2016 – Blog on Battling Stress at Work
October 2016 – Blog on The Taboos About Men’s Mental Health
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