2021 Clean Fifteen List

  Whether organic or conventionally grown, fruits and vegetables are critical components of a healthy diet. However, many crops contain potentially harmful pesticides, even after washing, peeling or scrubbing, which the USDA does before testing each item. Since pesticide contamination varies by crop, it is important to understand which items are most or least contaminated. Tests from the Environmental Working Group determined the following items to be the Clean Fifteen for … [Read more...]

2021 Dirty Dozen List

  Nearly 70 percent of the non-organic fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) analysis of the latest test data from the federal Department of Agriculture.   Kale remains in the third spot on the Dirty Dozen list, now joined by collard and mustard greens as being among the produce items with the highest pesticide load. After being tested for the first time since 2012 and 2011, respectively, … [Read more...]

2020 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Foods

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of the latest test data from the federal Department of Agriculture. But the dirtiest produce commodity, according to the USDA's Pesticide Data Program, is not a fresh fruit or vegetable but a dried one - raisins.   Traditionally, the EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ has included fresh fruits and … [Read more...]

You Deserve to Know What’s on the 2019 Dirty Dozen List

The latest updates to the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list revealed new changes in the amount of pesticide residue on supermarket fruits and vegetables. The most surprising news from the USDA tests reveals that the popular health food kale is among the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. More than 92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected, and a single sample could contain up to 18 different residues. The most frequently detected pesticide, found … [Read more...]