Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency puts out a Dirty Dozen List. The dirty dozen list tells you the produce with the worst and most dangerous pesticides on them, so that you know you should buy those items organic. They also put out the Clean Fifteen List, which helps you know which produce came out the cleanest in the latest testing. How does the Dirty Dozen list work? It lists 50 produce items from DIRTIEST to CLEANEST. And the Clean Fifteen does the opposite- from CLEANEST to DIRTIEST. Here is a quote from the EWG’s website, explaining it:
EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for the following popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best – lower numbers indicate more pesticides.
Note: EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of two items – blueberries, green beans and snap peas – showed sharply different results, so we have ranked those domestic and imported items separately. As a result, the Shopper’s Guide displays 51 entries.
- Strawberries – insanely full of pesticides, including way over the legal limit, and illegal pesticides were found when tested, in many samples. Here is the full report on strawberries.
- Spinach – SHARP increase on spinach this year. Full report here.
- Pears – This is NEW- just joined the Dirty Dozen list! More here on this link.
- Cherries – sad. In LA< organic cherries in season are about $8/lb. Worth our health!
- Grapes – yes BUY ORGANIC WINE!
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas
There are all 50 produce items listed in total from dirtiest to cleanest, read them here.
Here is the CLEAN FIFTEEN, which is the bottom 15 of the dirty dozen list, reverse order:
- Sweet Corn* if GMO-Free
- Sweet Peas Frozen
- Papayas* if GMO-Free
- Honeydew Melon
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