The Dirty 12 – What to buy Organic

The Dirty 12…. and the top 50 “Dirtiest

Produce” from US Department of

Agriculture

EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with ranking for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 Foods are listed below from worst to best. ( Lower numbers = More pesticides)


Note: EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of three items – nectarines, blueberries and snap peas- showed sharply different results, so we have ranked those domestic and imported items separately. As a result, the full list of foods ranked by the Shopper’s Guide displays 51 entries.


APPLES

1. Apples

STRAWBERRIES

2. Strawberries

GRAPES

3. Grapes

CELERY

4. Celery

PEACHES

5. Peaches

SPINACH

6. Spinach

SWEET BELL PEPPERS

7. Sweet Bell Peppers

NECTARINES – IMPORTED

8. Nectarine

CUCUMBERS

9. Cucumber

CHERRY TOMATOES

10. Cherry Tomatoes

SNAP PEAS – IMPORTED

11. Snap Peas

POTATOES

12. Potatoes

HOT PEPPERS

13.Hot  Peppers

BLUEBERRIES – DOMESTIC

14. Blueberries

LETTUCE

15. Lettuce

KALE / COLLARD GREENS

16. Kale

PLUMS

17. Plums

CHERRIES

18. Cherries

NECTARINES – DOMESTIC

19. Nectarines – Domestic

PEARS

20. Pear

TANGERINES

21. Tangerine

CARROTS

22. Carrot

BLUEBERRIES – IMPORTED

23. Blueberries – imported

GREEN BEANS

24. Green Beans

WINTER SQUASH

25.  Pumpkin

SUMMER SQUASH

26. Summer Squash

RASPBERRIES

27. Raspberries

BROCCOLI

28. Broccoli

SNAP PEAS – DOMESTIC

29. Snap Peas – Domestic

GREEN ONIONS

30. Green Onions

ORANGES

31. Oranges

BANANAS

32. Bananas

TOMATOES

33. Tomatoes

WATERMELON

34. Watermelon

HONEYDEW MELONS

35. Honeydew Melons

MUSHROOMS

36. Mushrooms

SWEET POTATOES

37. Sweet Potato

CAULIFLOWER

38. Cauliflower

CANTALOUPE

39. Cantalope

GRAPEFRUIT

40. Grapefruit

EGGPLANT

41. Eggplant

KIWI

42. Kiwi

PAPAYAS

43. Papayas

MANGOES

44. Mangos

ASPARAGUS

45. Asparagus

ONIONS

46. Onions

SWEET PEAS – FROZEN

47. Sweet Peas – Frozen

CABBAGE

48. Cabbage

PINEAPPLES

49. Pineapple

SWEET CORN

50. Corn

51. Avacados

 

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