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The Clean 15 & The Dirty Dozen

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes out with their list of the produce that has the most and least amount of pesticides used in them. This gives consumers that are purchasing produce the option to buy conventional to save some money. This is the list of the Clean Fifteen & the Dirty Dozen!

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EWG’S CLEAN FIFTEEN FOR 2019

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn *
  3. Pineapples
  4. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas *
  7. Cabbage
  8. Eggplant
  9. Asparagus
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Cauliflower​
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Brocolli
  15. Mushroom
  16. Honeydew Melon

Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticide residues. Key findings:

  • Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest. Less than 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.
  • More than 70 percent of Clean Fifteen fruit and vegetable samples had no pesticide residues.
  • With the exception of cabbage, all other produce on the Clean Fifteen tested positive for less than four pesticides.
  • Multiple pesticide residues are extremely rare on Clean Fifteen vegetables. Only 6 percent of Clean Fifteen fruit and vegetable samples had two or more pesticides.

EWG’S DIRTY DOZEN FOR 2019

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

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Each of these foods tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce. Key findings:

  • More than 90 percent of samples of strawberries, apples, cherries, spinach, nectarines, and kale tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides.
  • Multiple samples of kale showed 18 different pesticides.
  • Kale and spinach samples had, on average, 1.1 to 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.

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