Newly Released “Dirty Dozen”

What a coincidence! I posted last week about Pantry Essentials and my new web page What to Buy that details the foods you should organic,which includes the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen, compiled by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, is a listing of the vegetables and fruits that contain high levels of pesticide residues and therefore should be prioritized to be purchased as organic. Then today the Environmental Working Group updated their Dirty Dozen list. This year they expanded the list to include produce that are contaminated with neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides and they also reviewed baby foods for the first time.

Check out What to Buy and learn more about what and why you should be buying organic.

Download the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce 2012EWGPesticideGuide (pdf) print it out and keep it in your wallet to review while grocery shopping.

Dirty Dozen Plus (highest in pesticide residue)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines, imported
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries, domestic
  • Potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Kale and collard greens

Clean 15 (lowest is pesticide residue)

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn (but is often genetically modified)
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mango
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe, domestic
  • Sweet potatoes (but are one of the crops with the highest pesticide use per acre, making conventional farming of sweet potatoes hard on our environment and water supply)
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms

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2 thoughts on “Newly Released “Dirty Dozen”

  1. Thank you for posting this. This is a handy list to have around especially with all the fruits and veggies coming into season for the summer!

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