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Strawberries contain the largest amount of pesticides – if they are non-organic.
Also this year strawberries top the “Dirty Dozen” list. This is a list of the twelve non-organic fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. See the whole list below.
DIRTY DOZEN 2017 – the non-organic fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides
11. Sweet bell pepper
Bonus: Hot peppers
On the other hand, “Clean Fifteen” lists the 15 “cleanest” non-organic fruits and vegetables, ie those containing the smallest amount of pesticides and toxins. You can find the Clean Fifteen list for 2017 here.
The lists are compiled by the Environmental Working Group, EWG. During the last years EWG has yearly up-dated the lists.
The amounts of pesticides and toxins can vary widely in different kinds of non-organic fruits and vegetables. As a result, the Environmental Working Group, EWG, yearly tests how much chemicals conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain.
Based on the results, EWG has designed two lists, called “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”. Included in the list “Dirty Dozen” are the twelve non-organic fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. On the other hand, “Clean Fifteen” lists the 15 “cleanest” non-organic fruits and vegetables, ie those containing the smallest amount of pesticides and toxins. The lists have been updated yearly in recent years. Below you can find the “Clean Fifteen” list for 2017.
CLEAN FIFTEEN 2017 – the non-organic fruits and vegetables containing a the smallest amount of pesticides.
- Sweet corn*
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Honeydew Melon
*EWG warns that a small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds.
In the next blog post, the “Dirty Dozen” will be presented.