Dirty 12/Clean 15-EWG

Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect health. They publish a Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce based on their results of pesticide tests performed on produce and collected by federal agencies from the past nine years. Nearly all of the data used took into account how people typically wash and prepare produce–for example, apples are washed and bananas are peeled before testing.

Why should you care about pesticides? The EWG points out that there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small does of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods such as fetal development and childhood.

Dirty Dozen Plus 2 (updated 2017)

Strawberries
Spinach
Nectarines
Apples
Peaches
Pears (new in 2017)
Cherries (new in 2017)
Grapes
Celery
Tomatoes
Sweet Bell Peppers
Potatoes
PLUS these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which EWG characterizes as ‘highly toxic’ and of special concern:
Hot Peppers
Blueberries (domestic)

Clean 15

Avocados
Sweet Corn
Pineapples
Cabbage
Sweet Peas (frozen)
Onions
Asparagus
Mangoes
Papayas
Kiwi
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Cantaloupe (domestic)
Cauliflower
Sweet Potatoes
(updated 3/20/2017)

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