2013 Dirty Dozen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has again issued it’s yearly lists of produce with the most and least amount of pesticide and chemical residues.

This one is known as the Dirty Dozen, and these are the fruits and vegetables that have been shown to contain the highest levels of contaminants this year. It periodically changes due to changes in crop conditions for the year, changes in pesticide product use and other factors. In case you were wondering, GMOs are not included here because they are usually not sold as fresh produce on the market.

2013 Dirty Dozen pesticide produce list
Apples are again the worst culprit for pesticides and chemicals

If you can only afford to buy a few organic products this year, chose the items from this list. Apples and celery have again come in at #1 and #2 again but there are a few notable changes farther down the list. You can see the 2012 Dirty Dozen for comparison.

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot peppers
  7. Nectarines (imported)
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell peppers
  13. Kale/collards
  14. Zucchini

Yes, that’s more than a dozen products. They’ve just always called it the Dirty Dozen so the name is sort of stuck. And the new 2013 Clean 15 is also out to see which produce has the least number of pesticides.

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