Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

Want to go organic but cannot afford it? Here is a solution. The Environmental Working Group has come up with a list of produce they call as “clean 15” after testing 53 different food produce. These are produce that are grown with a relatively mild load of pesticide. You may be able to get away with not buying non-organic for these. On the other hand they also have a list they call “dirty dozen”. This is produce laden with pesticide and recommended to buy organic.

Clean 15

Onion, Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Avocado, Asparagus, Sweet peas, Mangoes, Eggplant, Cantaloupe (domestic), Kiwi, Cabbage, Watermelon, Sweet potatoes, Grapefruit, Mushrooms.

Dirty Dozen

Apples, Celery, Strawberry, Peach, Spinach, Nectarines-imported, Grapes- imported, Sweet bell pepper, Potatoes, Blueberries- domestic, Lettuce, Kale/collard greens.

Related Links:
Pesticides in Produce Home Page
Methodology used to create the lists
Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

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  1. Markus Rathmuson says:

    Great posting! Thanks for the information!

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