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2014's Dirty Dozen produce list: Apples, peaches, cucumbers and more
Environmental Working Group's latest Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce helps consumers reduce the amount of pesticides they consume in their diets.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Here’s the entire list of the Dirty Dozen, the 12 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables found to have the highest pesticide load.
- Sweet bell peppers
- Nectarines – imported
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas – imported
EWG analyzed the pesticide tests of 48 popular domestic and imported fruits and vegetables. The results for domestic and imported nectarines, blueberries and snap peas had sharply different results, so they appear on the list twice. The full 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide list
is on EWG's website.
How can shoppers use this list to help them make choices when buying produce? By understanding which fruits and vegetables have a higher pesticide load, consumers can choose which produce to buy organic or from farmers they trust to farm with as few chemicals as possible. If they don’t have the extra money in their budget to buy organic produce, they can opt to choose the conventional produce items at the bottom of the list, known as the Clean Fifteen. Here are the items on that list.
- Sweet potatoes
- Sweet peas – frozen
- Sweet corn
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