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The best way to limit exposure to pesticides is to limit the intake of foods with high pesticides loads. What are the worst culprits for pesticide residue? The Shopper’s Guide developed by Environmental Working Group (EWG) is based on data from nearly 87,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Here are the top 15 fruits/vegetables from the guide that contain the most pesticide (number one being the worst). It is advised, whenever possible, to purchase these items organically:

1. Celery
2. Peaches
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. Blueberries (Domestic)
6. Nectarines
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Spinach
9. Kale / Collard Greens
10. Cherries
11. Potatoes
12. Grapes (Imported)
13. Lettuce
14. Blueberries (Imported)
15. Carrots

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:54AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

4:24PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Recent research has discovered more and more harm resulting from the use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals in addition to the hormones, antibiotics and GM/ GMO inputs to our food supplies. Some of our water supplies contain a "cocktail" of the above along with a mix of prescription drugs as well as excess nutrients dumped in streams, rivers and lakes.. Most of our elected representatives could care less about these health risks since most of them are "hooked" on the "politcal payola" (bribes) they receive from biotech companies, Big Pharma, factory farms and other corrupt corporations seeking to sustain known hazards they have created in order to increase profits.

7:33AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

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4:11PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

4:06AM PDT on May 29, 2010

thanks so much! Happy weekend to all :). Greetings from sweet Aaisha and Aarif!

6:59AM PDT on May 27, 2010

I am not surprised

2:07AM PDT on May 27, 2010

residential pesticide use is widespread, but significant exposure to pesticides in infants and children should be off the diet, says the National Academy of Sciences.
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10:12PM PDT on May 26, 2010

Very interesting article, thank you very much.

9:02AM PDT on May 26, 2010

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1:52PM PDT on May 24, 2010

Great article. Very well said Nona B. I've been growing a vegetable & fruit garden for years. We also have a few fruit trees. It's a great experience to pick fresh herbs or veggies and use them straight from your garden.Thanks for the list. There are a few items I'll be adding to my garden.

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