THE DIRTY DOZEN™ AND CLEAN FIFTEEN™

The Dirty Dozen

The following fruits and vegetables each can contain from 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. They are thought to be most susceptible to pesticide absorption due to their soft skin. The list is based on pesticide tests conducted after the produce was washed with USDA high-power pressure water system. The numbers reflect the closest thing to what consumers are buying at the store. The group suggests limiting consumption of pesticides by purchasing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables.

Blueberries

Grapes

Potatoes

Spinach

Nectarines

Strawberries

Lettuce

Kale

Apples

Sweet Bell Peppers

Celery

Peaches

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The Clean Fifteen

Not all non-organic fruits and vegetables have a high pesticide level. Some produce has a strong outer layer that provides a defense against pesticide contamination. The group found a number of non-organic fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Clean 15″ that contained little to no pesticides.

Onions

Sweet peas

Cantaloupe

Avocados

Asparagus

Watermelon

Sweet corn

Kiwi fruit

Grapefruit

Pineapples

Cabbage

Sweet potatoes

Mango

Eggplant

Sweet onions