Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides consumers with an updated list, called “The Dirty Dozen”, of foods that are especially high in pesticides. They also provide you with a list of safer foods currently called, “The Clean 15”. These lists are based on an analysis of 48 popular produce items. They are created from the best and worst rated from this list. The EWG advises consumers to buy organic when eating anything from the dirty dozen list. The following lists was published by the EWG in March of 2017. If you want to download a copy for yourself, here is the link: THE DIRTY DOZEN LIST

The Dirty Dozen

In order from worst to best here are the foods that fall between the dirty dozen and the clean 15. I call this the “Not so Dirty or Naughty, Not So Nice List”: cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, snap peas (imported), blueberries (domestic), hot peppers, kale/collard greens, blueberries (imported), green beans (domestic), plums, tangerines, raspberries, carrots, winter squash, oranges, summer squash*, green beans (imported), snap peas (domestic), bananas, green onions, watermelon, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, broccoli, grapefruit.

* 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.

A last but notable detail is that the EWG only tests 51 COMMON foods that Americans eat. If you are eating fruits and/or vegetables that are not on any of the lists above then this does not mean they are safe to eat.

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