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The Dirty Dozen - Which Produce has the Most Pesticides

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 8:30 PM Contributor (Rick Sr)


The Dirty Dozen – Which Produce has the Most Pesticides

What is the dirty dozen?


Simply, food watchers determine which fruits and vegetables have the most amounts of pesticides. These 12 (or more) kinds of produce should be avoided or purchased as organically grown produce. The list was designed so consumers would know what produce carries the most pesticides.


In a nutshell, if you only want to spend part of your food budget on organic produce, choose to buy the ones on the ‘dirty dozen’ list. You will be avoiding the products that may be most harmful to you and your family’s health, and you can still save money.


You can find the list at If you would like to go directly to the ‘dirty’ and ‘clean’ lists, follow this link


The clean list is just the opposite. These have been found to contain the least contaminates of pesticides.


One last point; there are some that seem to be on the list year after year, including apples, peaches, strawberries, and imported grapes are among those that seem to reappear on the list.


EWG stands for Environmental Working Group


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