Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

 

EWG (Environmental Working Group) released its 2018 Dirty Dozen guide. They report that 70% of non organic produce test positive for at least 1 pesticide. The USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed. The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled. 

There are stark differences in the number and amount of pesticides on various types of produce.  When buying organic produce is not an option, use the Shopper’s Guide to choose foods lower in pesticide residues.

The 2018 Dirty Dozen List & Clean 15 List

EWG’s Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Hot Peppers

EWG’s Clean 15

The Clean 15 list includes produce that is least likely to be contaminated by pesticides.

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn (often sold in the United States are GMOs, so its’ best to choose organic)
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas (often sold in the United States are GMOs, so its’ best to choose organic)
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

For detailed information: EWG’s Shoppers Guide or Watch the video