EWG Clean Fifteen Released for 2022

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 2022.     EWG's Clean … [Read more...]

EWG Dirty Dozen Released for 2022

More than 70 percent of non-organic fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful pesticides, The Environmental Working Group’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce finds.   This year’s version of the guide, which analyzes the latest test data from the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration, also reveals that over 50 percent of potatoes, spinach, lettuce and eggplant had detectable levels of at least one of three bee-killing neonic … [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...]

How to Ask the Right Questions at a Farmer’s Market

Though farmers markets have a reputation for selling locally and sustainably grown food, "greenwashing" is still common. Some sellers buy industrial produce at wholesale prices and pass the off as homegrown. Unregulated terms, such as "natural" and "no-spray," imply more than they mean. To cut through the confusion, The Cornucopia Institute, a farm- and food-policy research group, has developed a comprehensive guide that equips shoppers to do a background check on vendors. The guide provides … [Read more...]