The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, annually releases the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The guide allows people who want reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce to seek out conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues.
EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for the Dirty Dozen list. Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
EWG’s Clean Fifteen list consists of produce least likely to hold pesticide residues. Few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides on them.
For information on Environmental Working Group, the Shopper’s Guide and more, visit www.ewg.org.
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