The list below comes from the Environmental Working Group, known as EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s
Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ on their website, you can read more about their methodology and download the list. Carry it in your wallet or program it in your cell phone. Either way, keep the list handy when shopping.
A Word from Dr. Wood:I tell parents… If your child tends to eat a lot of produce sited on the “Dirty Dozen” list, make an effort to at least buy those fruits and vegetables organic and don’t worry so much about fruits and vegetables on the “Clean 15″ list.” Washing produce is a smart idea, but please understand some of the chemicals remain and grow right into the produce, so washing does not get rid of them all. Never wash fruits and vegetables with soap, it can be as harmful as pesticide residue.
EWG 2012 “DIRTY DOZEN PLUS” LIST OF THE MOST HEAVILY SPRAYED PRODUCE
- Sweet bell peppers
- Nectarines – Imported
- Blueberries – domestic
- + Green beans
- + Kale/Greens
The addition of green beans and leafy greens (kale and collard greens) does not meet the traditional pesticide residue criteria, but they are contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides which are toxic to the nervous system.
- Corn – *please see note
- Sweet peas
- Cantaloupe – Domestic
- Sweet potatoes