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.
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.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hot peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Sweet bell peppers
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.