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EWG’s Clean 15 / Dirty Dozen Guide

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) created a list of produce that contains the highest level of pesticides, the “Dirty Dozen” and likely the lowest levels of pesticides, “Clean 15”. The information compiled is based off of the USDA’s yearly Pesticide Data Report.

While I try eat organically as much as possible, it is advisable to always purchase produce that is “organic” if listed under the “Dirty Dozen” category. Conventional produce can be riddled with pesticides. Strawberries top the charts and have been found to have the residue of 22 different pesticides in just one sample.

Keep reading to learn more about the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean 15’.

EWG’s Dirty Dozen for 2020
1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale
4. Nectarines
5. Apples
6. Grapes
7. Peaches
8. Cherries
9. Pears
10. Tomatoes
11. Celery
12. Potatoes

EWG’s Clean Fifteen for 2020
1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Sweet peas (frozen)
5. Onions
6. Papayas*
7. Eggplants
8. Asparagus
9. Cabbages
10. Cauliflower
11. Cantaloupe
12. Broccoli
13. Mushrooms
14. Honeydew Melon
15. Kiwi

* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.
Source: EWG

Hundreds of insecticides and herbicides are used when harvesting crops each year. By choosing to purchase organic foods, you are reducing the amount of chemicals you ingest, supporting ethical farming, and positively impacting our environment. Choose organic whenever possible!

Learn more: Why Choose Organic.

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