The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean 15’: best and worst produce for pesticides

The Environmental Working Group has produced lists of the ‘dirty dozen’ and ‘clean 15’ produce items for most and least contamination by pesticides.

Find out what to buy organic – and why – with EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. They rank 53 popular fruits and vegetables based on their total pesticide loads.

View their full list and other information on their website at foodnews.org, including a download of a handy app for your smart phone so you can check the list again at the grocery store.

The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

The Dirty Dozen – buy these organic

The Clean 15 – these are the lowest in pesticide for conventionally grown

1
Apple
Apples
1
Onions
Onions
2
Celery
Celery
2
Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn
3
Strawberries

Strawberries

3
Pineapple
Pineapples
4
Peaches
Peaches
4
Avocado
Avocado
5
Spinach
Spinach
5
Asparagus
Asparagus
6
Nectarines
Nectarines – imported
6
Peas
Sweet peas
7
Grapes
Grapes – imported
7
Mango
Mangoes
8
Red Pepper
Sweet bell peppers
8
Eggplant
Eggplant
9
Potatoe

Potatoes

9
Cantelope
Cantaloupe – domestic
10
Blueberries
Blueberries – domestic
10
Kiwi
Kiwi
11
Lettuce
Lettuce
11
Cabbage
Cabbage
12
Kale
Kale/collard greens
12
Watermelon
Watermelon
13
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
 
14
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
15
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
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2 thoughts on “The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean 15’: best and worst produce for pesticides

  1. Pingback: The Dirty Dozen « The Epigenetics Project Blog

  2. Great list! Something I’ve been wondering about for very long time! Thanks for sharing this. Maybe I don’t need to buy EVERYTHING organic then?

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