Wednesday, 18 April 2018

2018 Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen


The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published the produce with the most pesticides on them (also termed the Dirty Dozen) and the produce with the least pesticide residues on them (also known as the Clean Fifteen).  The lists are as follows:

Dirty Dozen in decreasing order of dirtiness:
1.              Strawberries
2.              Spinach
3.              Nectarines
4.              Apples
5.              Grapes
6.              Peaches
7.              Cherries
8.              Pears
9.              Tomatoes
10.           Celery
11.           Potatoes
12.           Sweet bell peppers

The newcomers are pears and potatoes and cucumbers and cherry tomatoes got dropped off the list!  Spinach is all the way in second place, so beware of those pesticide residues if you use spinach in your smoothies all the time.  Grow your own or buy organic!

Clean Fifteen starting with the cleanest:
1.              Avocado
2.              Corn
3.              Pineapple
4.              Cabbage
5.              Onions
6.              Sweet Peas
7.              Papaya
8.              Asparagus
9.              Mangoes
10.           Eggplant
11.           Honeydew
12.           Kiwifruit
13.           Cantaloupe
14.           Cauliflower
15.           Broccoli
I’m very pleased to see broccoli make it to the Clean 15 list!

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