Clean Fifteen™ and Dirty Dozen Plus™ Lists of Fruits and Veggies

by Sandy Todd Webster on Sep 27, 2012

Food for Thought

The 8th edition of Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ was released recently with updated information on 45 popular fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlighted the worst offenders with its new Dirty Dozen Plus list and recognized the cleanest conventional produce with its list of the Clean Fifteen. Which of these do you regularly put in your shopping cart? It may be time to reassess your organic and nonorganic choices. Dirty Dozen Plus apples celery sweet bell peppers peaches strawberries nectarines, imported grapes spinach lettuce cucumbers blueberries, domestic potatoes Plus green beans+ kale/collard greens+ Clean Fifteen onions sweet corn* pineapples avocado cabbage sweet peas asparagus mangos eggplant kiwi cantaloupe, domestic sweet potatoes grapefruit watermelon mushrooms +may contain highly toxic organophosphate pesticide residues *Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in U.S. stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn. Learn more at

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