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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.

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.

Dirty Dozen

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.

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas – imported
  12. Potatoes
    +Hot peppers
    +Kale/ Collard greens

Clean Fifteen

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.

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas frozen
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

 

For information on Environmental Working Group, the Shopper’s Guide and more, visit www.ewg.org.

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