Exploring the Clean 15, Dirty Dozen, and Greenhouse Grown Produce

One of our core beliefs at Poppo's is that the right food is at the center of physical health and psychological well-being. What we put in our bodies can and should promote our overall wellness. We also recognize that certain foods, grown and prepared carelessly, can do harm. This belief has always driven our decision making, from sourcing to preparation. Most of our fans love Poppo's for our unique, robust, and crave worthy flavor profile (us to!!). Our menu is designed to make you feel great, both during and after your meal. Here's how we do it.


Clean Sourcing: Conscious Consumption


Clean sourcing goes beyond the nutritional value of the food on our plates. It encompasses the entire lifecycle of meat and produce from farm to table, including sustainable agricultural practices; reduced pesticide, antibiotic, and hormone usage and exposure to harmful substances; and community stewardship. By supporting clean sourcing, we contribute to healthier bodies and farms. 


The Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen: Making Informed Choices


"Clean sourcing" can sometimes feel like vague advice. We use the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen shopping lists, published annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as valuable guides to minimize exposure to pesticide residues. The Clean 15 details produce items with lower pesticide contamination levels, making them safer choices to purchase conventionally grown. These include avocados, sweet corn, and pineapples. 


Conversely, the Dirty Dozen highlights fruits and vegetables with higher pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach, and apples, urging consumers to source these ingredients alternatively, either organic or greenhouse-grown, whenever possible. 


Greenhouse Produce: Farming for the Future


Greenhouse farming offers a promising solution to some of the challenges associated with traditional agriculture. Greenhouses are controlled settings, eliminating the potential for cross-contamination from the surrounding environment. By cultivating produce within greenhouses, growers mitigate the risks of pests and diseases, reduce water usage, and extend growing seasons. Additionally, greenhouse-grown produce often travels shorter distances to reach consumers, providing fresher produce and reducing carbon emissions associated with transportation.


Empowered Eating


At Poppo's, it is important to us that we provide value to our customers through both accessible and clean food. We are uncompromising in our sourcing, meaning we do the research to source the best ingredients at the lowest possible cost. 


As consumers, we hold significant power in shaping the food system. By prioritizing clean sourcing, informed by resources like the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists, and supporting sustainable farming practices, we can make intentional choices that benefit both our health and our community.