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

The lower the number, the more pesticides. The higher the number, the less pesticides.

#1= Most Toxic

#51= Least Toxic

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
13. Hot Peppers
14. Blueberries – Domestic
15. Lettuce
16. Kale/Collared Greens
17. Plums
18. Cherries
19. Nectarines – Domestic
20. Pears
21. Tangerines
22. Carrots
23. Blueberries – Imported
24. Green Beans
25. Winter Squash
26. Summer Squash
27. Raspberries
28. Broccoli
29. Snap Peas – Domestic
30. Green Onions
31. Oranges
32. Bananas
33. Tomatoes
34. Watermelon
35. Honeydew
36. Mushrooms
37. Sweet Potatoes
38. Cauliflower
39. Cantaloupe
40. Grapefruit
41. Eggplant
42. Kiwi
43. Papayas
44. Mangoes
45. Asparagus
46. Onions
48. Cabbage
49. Pineapples
50. Sweet Corn
51. Avocados

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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 : .....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

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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