Nobody wants to eat fruits and vegetables that are sprayed with toxins. Thankfully the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, DC brings transparency to our food supply and publishes an annual list that breaks down which fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticides. On Tuesday, the most current list, 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce was released.
For the fourth year in a row, apples topped the list of most toxic. The EWG’s mission is to create a healthier, cleaner environment by conducting original research that informs and inspires us; it does what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to do – as required under federal law. We all have a right to know about the risks of pesticide exposure, and ways we can reduce pesticides in our diets. Unfortunately, as we well know, our “system” is broken and our society is the sickest, fattest nation in the history of the world. The stark reality? The only people who can do anything about it are you and me. Healthcare doesn’t start in Washington, DC, it starts in your own kitchen.
The EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. Realizing that buying organic is simply not affordable or feasible for everyone, their guide can help you make more informed, healthy choices.
Some highlights from the report:
- A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides.
- The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
- Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.
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The Dirty Dozen Plus
*Fruits and vegetables with the MOST pesticides
- Sweet bell peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas (imported)
The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:
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The “Clean Fifteen”
*Fruits and veggies with the LEAST amount of pesticides
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes