Are you familiar with the “dirty dozen” – the 12 most pesticide fruits and veggies? Here they are (along with the best).
2016 Dirty Dozen Key Findings
EWG analyzed 2014 pesticide data from United States Department of Agriculture annual testing. Here are some key takeaways:
- 98 percent of strawberry samples, peaches, nectarines and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
- The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
- A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
- A single samples of strawberries detected 17 different pesticides; the average strawberry tests positive for 5.75 different pesticides.
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
2016 Clean 15 List
While it’s important to choose organic whenever possible, that may not always be an option. Crunching the same data used to come up with the 2016 Dirty Dozen list, EWG also shares a list of 15 produce items least likely to harbor pesticide residues. (Only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.)
- Sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
- Honeydew melon
his list should in no way deter you from eating fruits and vegetables. However, it does highlight the dangers of modern chemical farming. Using chemicals to fumigate the soil and kill weeds and bugs has some unwanted side effects, including killing soil health and beneficial microbes.
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