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12 Fruits and Veggies With the MOST Pesticides!

Last year we published a blog about The Environmental Working Groups "Dirty Dozen" list … well, they’re at it again with an update … with the 12 fruits and veggies you SHOULD make sure to buy organic, as these 12 are highest in pesticides.

We’ve talked about organic vs. conventional foods in previous blog posts. 

Basically the "Dirty Dozen" list are the 12 foods that have been found to be highest in pesticides when a random sample is taken from a the grocery store shelves.  In other words, since these are highest in pesticides, it’s suggested that if you’re picking and choosing which foods should be organic, focus on these 12 first. 

This shouldn’t come as a surprise with the recent headlines suggesting the pesticides in foods, namely many berries, like blueberries, are linked to ADD in children

That being said, here is the updated Dirty Dozen list of foods from the Environmental Working Group.  Again, these are the 12 foods you should go organic with if you’re picking and choosing.  As an easy rule of thumb, notice all of those are ones you’d eat the skin/leaf. 

As a general rule of thumb, if you peel it (banana, avocado, melons, etc) there’s less concern over pesticides since you’re not eating the part that would be sprayed. 

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

Maybe even a MORE important message, though, even more than focusing on those 12 higher pesticide foods … is that conventionally grown fruit and veggies is STILL better than none. 

Next, if you ARE picking and choosing organic or not, focus on these 12 to spend the extra money.

Do you choose organic?  Let us know!

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4 Responses to 12 Fruits and Veggies With the MOST Pesticides!

  1. Tracy June 14, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I grow my garden as organic. But, just because you are buying or growing organic, doesn’t mean that it is 100% pesticide free. Spray drift can travel for several miles if the wind and currents are just right. I’ve seen it happen. I had my garden ruined one year because of someones stupidity and sprayed their crops while the wind was blowing 12 MPH in my direction. Bottom line, no matter if you buy organic or not, WASH everything good before eating it. By the way, they paid for my lost crop, but that didn’t fill up my freezer for the winter and my customers had to go elsewhere that year.

  2. Jesse June 15, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    In your post the first paragraph stated … with the 12 fruits and veggies you SHOULD make sure to buy organic, as these 15 that are lowest in pesticides.

    Is it a typo with the first number to the second 12 or 15? I just want to be clear before “liking” this on FB.


    • Chris and Kara Mohr June 15, 2011 at 7:34 am #

      Thank you for the “catch” — it’s 12 highest in pesticides, but then they listed 15 that were “lowest” — which is where I mixed them up. I’ll edit now. Appreciate you reaching out.

  3. jan October 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I have never enjoyed as many veggies since growing them myself. there’s something great about being able to pick your own cherry (or other) tomatoes, beans, herbs, cucumbers, beetroot and silverbeet and growing nasturtiums and marigolds along with them helps dispel some pests. long live the benfits of home gardening.

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