The Environmental Working Group publishes its Dirty Dozen every year, the top 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides. They have just released their list this year. We recommend going organic whenever possible for all of these fruits and veggies:
Last year in 2013, apples topped the list as well. In fact this is the fourth year that apples have been ranked No. 1 – if you eat apples regularly go organic. Point to be noted is that 99% of the apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
At the No. 2 spot are strawberries. Each strawberry sample was found to contain 13 different pesticides apiece.
One grape sample was found to contain 15 pesticides!
Celery is at the No. 2 spot, as single samples of celery were found to contain 13 different pesticides apiece.
Peaches are at No.5 on this list.
Leafy green spinach is again 6th on the list.
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
This colorful beta-carotene rich vegetable is 7th on the list.
8. Imported Nectarines
At No. 8 are imported nectarines – in fact the EWG reported that every sample of nectarine was found to contain at lest one pesticide residue.
Once again, cucumbers are ranked 9 on the Dirty Dozen.
10. Cherry Tomatoes
From No. 11, cherry tomatoes have moved up to No. 10.
11. Snap Peas
Snap peas are a new entry to the list this year.
According to the EWG, the average potato had more pesticides by weight compared with any other food. If potatoes are a large part of your diet (and especially if you eat the skin too), we recommend switching to organic.
Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.
1. Environmental Working Group, EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce (April 2014)
2. Huffington Post, EWG’s Dirty Dozen Report Lists The Most Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies Of 2014
3. Fox 31 [Denver], Dirty Dozen: 12 fruits, vegetables with highest pesticide residue