Pesticides In Produce: The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Shopping Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Published by the Environmental Working Group

Each year the Environmental Working Group posts a guide to inform consumers of which conventionally-farmed produce is most contaminated with pesticides and which is the least contaminated.  If you do not exclusively buy organic produce, then we strongly advise that you at least buy organic when purchasing the produce listed in the Dirty Dozen.  You will notice there are more than a dozen products listed in the Dirty Dozen.  The extra two products (kale/collared greens and summer squash) didn’t meet the Environmental Working Group’s criteria for this category, but the pesticides they did have were of such a toxic nature that they felt they should be recognized.

If you cannot eat organic produce, however, it is still much better to eat conventional produce than to remove or reduce fruits and vegetables from your diet!

The Dirty Dozen:

(plus a few)

  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/Collared Greens
  14. Summer Squash

The Clean Fifteen:


  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet Corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangos
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papaya
  13. Pineapples
  14. Seet Peas (frozen)
  15. Sweet Potatoes

Pesticides in produce will affect your health.

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