Entrepreneur Anthony Pierpont is the owner and manager of Royal Commercial Capital in Burnsville, Minnesota. Pierpont also serves as a commercial and residential realtor with RES Realty also in Burnsville, MN. Prior to starting his commercial lending company in 2002, Anthony Pierpont managed large hospitality enterprises and developed an extensive knowledge of quality foods and beverages, particularly the nuances of organic produce.
While buying organic produce allows shoppers to reduce their intake of potentially harmful pesticides, not all traditionally grown fruits and vegetable contain detrimental levels of bug- and weed-killer residue. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit environmental research organization, developed a list of produce broken into two categories, the “dirty dozen” and the “clean fifteen.” The clean fifteen foods have low chemical residues when grown conventionally and are harmless to consume. However, the dirty dozen harbor unusually dangerous pesticides when grown traditionally, and EWG recommends buying the organic varieties of these fruits and vegetables. Among the dirty dozen are: apples, kale, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, celery, and potatoes.
For a full list of the cleanest and dirtiest produce, please visit the EWG website at www.ewg.org.