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Top 12 Dirtiest Fruits and Veggies

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Top 12 Dirtiest Fruits and Veggies

By Natalya Podgorny, Yoga+

When You Can’t Go 100% Organic

Even if you can’t afford to buy everything local and organic, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a watchdog and research nonprofit, has identified the “dirty dozen”–those fruits and veggies that contain the highest amounts of pesticides. For these, it might be worth paying for the organic versions. Among conventionally grown, try sticking to the “cleanest 12.” The produce ranking was developed by EWG analysts based on the results of nearly 51,000 tests for pesticides on produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2000 and 2005. An EWG simulation of thousands of consumers eating high and low pesticide diets showed that people can lower their pesticide exposure by almost 90% by avoiding the top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated instead. View the next two pages to see the top 12 dirtiest and cleanest fruits and veggies.

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2:05AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

This is a lot of rubbish any plant or vegetable that grows from the ground is by nature a dirty plant.

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