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
Sweet bell peppers
+ May contain pesticide residues of special concern
Lowest in Pesticide
EWG’s Shoppers Guide is available for free as a PDF download at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/.