While I recommend buying organic produce whenever possible, it’s not always in the budget or available. The Environmental Working Group has just released EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to help with this issue. The guide lists what they call the Dirty Dozen, the most pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables.
The Dirty Dozen are the items you want to focus on if you can’t buy all of your produce organically. They also have a list called the Clean Fifteen, containing the fifteen least contaminated fruits and vegetables.
The newly updated list ranks 48 different fruits and vegetables by total number of pesticides found on them. This list has been coming out every year since 2004. The guide is easy to use and helps us to be informed customers.
Dirty Dozen (most pesticides)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas – imported
+ Hot Peppers
+ Kale / Collard Greens
Clean Fifteen (least pesticides)
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Papayas (Note: Papayas may be GMO if not organic)
- Sweet potatoes
To see the full list check out EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. You can also get a PDF version of the lists or with a donation of $10 you can get a bag tag to keep with you while shopping. You can also get the guide as an app! The app includes the full list and is very easy to use.
I’d love to know, do you use these lists when shopping or will you now?
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