The Dirty Dozen & the Clean 15

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.


Dirty Dozen: 

Buy these organic…ranking starts from the worst/most pesticide infested (1) to less pesticide use (12)

1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries

6. Nectarines

7. Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Cherries

10. Kale/Collard Greens

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes (Imported)


Clean 15

Lowest in Pesticides…Ranking from best (1) to increased pesticide use (15)

1. Onions

2. Avocados

3. Sweet Corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mangoes

6. Sweet Peas

7. Asparagus

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Cantaloupe

12. Watermelon

13. Grapefruit

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.


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