EWG’s Dirty Dozen 2018

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The dirty dozen 2018 is a list of the most pesticide laden produce.

Every year since 2004, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a not for profit environmental organization, releases a report detailing the 12 dirtiest fruits and vegetables, dirtiest meaning most pesticide contaminated. The pesticides include any chemical used to kill weeds, insects, mold, and even rodents.

Of the 47 fruits and vegetables tested, strawberries were at the top of the list, labeled the “dirtiest” produce.

The Dirty Dozen 2018 includes:

  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 fruits and vegetables on the “dirty dozen” list all contain higher residue concentrations of pesticides than other produce. Laboratory testing found that 70% of non-organic produce is contaminated with pesticides. Testing was performed on more than 38,800 samples by the US Department of Agriculture and the FDA.

When performing testing, the produce is handled, washed and/or peeled, similar to how a consumer would handle it. To determine how contaminated a fruit or vegetable is, the EWG looks at six different metrics including the number of pesticides on a sample and how much of the pesticide is on the sample.

When tested, strawberries had 20 pesticides found on them, while most produce tested positive for residue from at least one pesticide. Spinach had the largest amount of pesticide with 1.8 times as much as other crops.

Researchers suggest buying organic when possible and rinsing all produce for a minimum of 30 seconds as pesticides have been known to cause chronic health problems, especially in children.

In addition to the “dirty dozen” EWG also produces a list of the “cleanest” or least pesticide ridden produce. The “Clean 15” includes:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet peas frozen
  7. Papaya
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mango
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli
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