Would you like some fruit with that pesticide?

2010’s Dirty Dozen of Produce has recently been released. The most notable change for me was the addition of blueberries. Here is the list including the amount of pesticides found on each type of produce.
1. Celery (64 pesticides)
2. Peaches (62 pesticides)
3. Strawberries (59 pesticides)
4. Apples (42 pesticides)
5. Blueberries (52 pesticides)
6. Nectarines (33 pesticides)
7. Peppers (49 pesticides)
8. Spinach (48 pesticides)
9. Kale (number not provided)
10. Cherries (42 pesticides)
11. Potatoes (37 pesticides)
12. Grapes – imported (34 pesticides) – This includes wine!

What can you do to avoid these nasty chemicals? Buy organic. If organic doesn’t fit your budget, avoid buying the produce on the list. Focus on items on the Clean 15 List. These are items that are “least likely to have pesticides detected on the parts you eat, after typical washing, whether or not they’re certified organic.

1. Onion
2. Avocado (guacamole!)
3. Sweet corn
4. Pineapple
5. Mango
6. Asparagus
7. Sweet Peas
8. Kiwi
9. Cabbage
10. Eggplant
11. Papaya
12. Watermelon
13. Broccoli
14. Tomato
15. Sweet Potato


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Melissa on May 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    That stinks that apples are on the bad list. I love apples.


  2. […] Would you like some fruit with that pesticide? […]


  3. Posted by June on October 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Love the title… 🙂


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