The Environmental Working Group Unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their annual list of the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated with pesticides. After analyzing data from the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration, they identified the twelve most contaminated crops. Despite this, EWG Senior Scientist Alexa Friedman, Ph.D., encourages everyone to consume more fruits and vegetables, organic or not. However, those concerned about pesticide exposure can consult EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce for guidance on making the best choices for themselves and their families.

In their 2024 report, the EWG examined data from over 46,000 samples of 46 popular crops to determine the levels of pesticide contamination. Topping the “Dirty Dozen” list are strawberries, followed by spinach, kale, collard greens, and mustard greens. The list continues with grapes, peaches, pears, nectarines, apples, bell peppers, hot peppers, cherries, blueberries, and green beans.

Conversely, the EWG also identified the least contaminated crops in their “Clean Fifteen” list. Avocados were found to have the lowest levels of pesticide residues, followed by sweet corn, pineapple, onions, papaya, frozen sweet peas, eggplant, asparagus, honeydew melon, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, mushrooms, mangoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. This information can help consumers make informed choices about their produce purchases.

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