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The Best Bang For Your Organic Buck: Cleanest & Dirtiest Produce

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The Best Bang For Your Organic Buck: Cleanest & Dirtiest Produce

An apple a day may … increase cancer rates and cause Parkinson’s disease?

That isn’t the classic phrase. However, pesticides are rewriting the rules on health. Non-organic apples can contain up to 42 different toxic pesticides. In fact, Europe recently banned America’s apples because their toxins pose such dramatic health risks.

Many of you might already know about the infamous toxins in conventional apples. How about the other 50 fruits and vegetables most commonly consumed? We want to know what’s in those, too — which is why the Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides a detailed and revised pesticide guide every year.

Thanks to this pesticide map below you’ll know when to spend the extra effort and dime on your food.

The “Dirty Dozen” List, or foods with the highest pesticide ranking:

1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet bell peppers
8. Nectarines (imported)
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry tomatoes
11. Snap peas (imported)
12. Potatoes

The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:

Hot peppers
Kale/collard greens
And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen”) are:

The “Clean Fifteen” List, or foods with the lowest pesticide ranking:

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet peas (frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangos
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet potatoes

Remember that one time Congress demanded the EPA provide consumers with crucial pesticide information? The EPA’s memory seems a little fuzzy. They provided general pesticide information three years later. What they didn’t do: reveal to consumers where pesticides are actually found. Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group picked up the EPA’s slack by publishing the annual Shopper’s Guide, which details the most and least toxic-laden produce.

Keep reading for EWG’s complete list of 51 pieces of produce ranked from worst to best on the pesticide scale.

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12:42PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

I'll keep on sharing during this battle.

4:17PM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

The rules keep changing. Oh woe is me...

1:11AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

I didn't see regular vine grown tomatoes on either list. I am just craving them right now!!

12:43PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Pardon the double post but I have found a list for fruit and veg for the UK. If anyone needs to look at this it can be found at :

http://www.pan-uk.org/ .....look for Pesticides on a plate.

12:35PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I wonder if there is such a list for the UK? Thanks for the information. It's depressing how much pesticide is on the food we eat.

9:27PM PDT on May 20, 2014

I knew about the tree fruit, and berries as well as the leafy greens. I was surprised to see winter squash in the middle of the list. I love Butternut Squash. I thought as long as it was thick skinned and peeled prior to eating/cooking, it would be okay.

The EWG tests the fruit/vegetable AFTER thoroughly washing and rinsing the fruit/vegetable.

That's right! These pesticides are what shows up in the edible part of the product AFTER washing and rinsing.

By the way, if you have never eaten an organic cucumber, you will never go back to a conventionally grown one after you do eat an organic. Yes. It really is that big a taste difference. Same with pears.

12:37PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

12:26PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Thanks for posting the full
list.

10:59AM PDT on May 12, 2014

Own your own, or as I do with some I buy from neighbors :)

4:43PM PDT on May 7, 2014

grow your own

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