The Truth: Fruits & Veggies Pesticide Content — Buyers Beware!
In 2009, the EWG provided 2 fruits and vegetable lists known as “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15”. These lists outline foods that have the highest pesticide use and should be bought organic, and fruits and veggies that are the lowest in pesticides. The safest choice is to go organic, but it is not always financially feasible (although people should spend money on this over other materialistic things). Washing and peeling does not reduce the pesticide content; when pesticides are used, they are taken up by the whole plant. The pesticide is in the dirt, the roots, etc.
Buy these organic…ranking starts from the worst/most pesticide infested (1) to less pesticide use (12)
7. Bell Peppers
10. Kale/Collard Greens
12. Grapes (Imported)
Lowest in Pesticides…Ranking from best (1) to increased pesticide use (15)
3. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet Peas
14. Sweet Potato
15. Honeydew Melon
P.S. Although this is from 2009, I would still go organic because pesticide use is still incredibly prevalent.