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The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen: 2012

2012 Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) eighth edition of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce has updated information on 45 popular fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its new Dirty Dozen Plus list and the cleanest conventional produce with its list of the Clean Fifteen.

“The explosive growth in market share for organic produce in recent years testifies to a simple fact that pesticide companies and the farmers who use their products just can’t seem to grasp: people don’t like to eat food contaminated by pesticides,” said EWG president Ken Cook. “Our shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce gives consumers easy, affordable ways to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables while avoiding most of the bug killers, fungicides and other chemicals in produce and other foods.”

Dirty Dozen Plus
Buy these organic

1
Apple
Apples

2
Celery
Celery

3
Red Pepper
Sweet bell peppers

4
Peaches
Peaches

5
Strawberries
Strawberries

6
Nectarines
Nectarines
– imported

7
Grapes
Grapes

8
Spinach
Spinach

9
Lettuce
Lettuce

10
Cucumber
Cucumbers

11
Blueberries
Blueberries
– domestic

12
Potatoe
Potatoes

Plus

+
Green Beans
Green beans

+
Kale
Kale/Greens

+ May contain pesticide residues of special concern

Clean 15

Lowest in Pesticide

1
Onions
Onions

2
Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn

3
Pineapple
Pineapples

4
Avocado
Avocado

5
Cabbage
Cabbage

6
Peas
Sweet peas

7
Asparagus
Asparagus

8
Mango
Mangoes

9
Eggplant
Eggplant

10
Kiwi
Kiwi

11
Cantelope
Cantaloupe
– domestic

12
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes

13
Grapefruit
Grapefruit

14
Watermelon
Watermelon

15
Mushrooms
Mushrooms

 

EWG’s Shoppers Guide is available for free as a PDF download at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/.