Apples are once again at the top spot of the Environmental Working Group’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This makes the fourth year in a row that conventional apples were declared the dirtiest fruit or vegetable based on their pesticide load. Last week, the EWG released an apple report that revealed that the most common pesticide found on conventional apples in the U.S. (diphenylamine, known as DPA) is banned in the EU due to health concerns.

Here’s the entire list of the Dirty Dozen, the 12 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables found to have the highest pesticide load.

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines – imported
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas – imported
  12. Potatoes
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.

  1. Sweet potatoes
  2. Cauliflower
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Grapefruit
  5. Eggplant
  6. Kiwi
  7. Papaya
  8. Mangoes
  9. Asparagus
  10. Onions
  11. Sweet peas – frozen
  12. Cabbage
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet corn
  15. Avocados

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

2014's Dirty Dozen produce list: Apples, peaches, cucumbers and more
Environmental Working Group’s latest Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce assists consumers in reducing the pesticides they consume in their diets.