The Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes out with a list every year listing the fruits and vegetables on the amount of pesticide use/exposure. The “Dirty Dozen” list are the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide exposure, while the “Clean Fifteen” are the fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticide exposure. What that means for people is whenever possible, try to buy organic produce from the “Dirty Dozen” list. Buying organic from the “Clean Fifteen” list isn’t nearly as important, because the pesticide exposure is considerably less. The best way to wash produce is mixing vinegar and water (1 part to 3 parts, respectively) and washing the produce in that solution.
“Dirty Dozen” List:
Honorable mention: Hot Peppers
“Clean Fifteen” List:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas Frozen
- Honeydew Melons
Note: Sweet Corn, Papaya, and Summer Squash have small amounts sold that are genetically modified.
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Environmental Working Group. Clean Fifteen. 2019. [Accessed 2019 Mar 22].
Environmental Working Group. Dirty Dozen. 2019. [Accessed 2019 Mar 22]. https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php