Another year has rolled around and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has updated its list of the most pesticide-treated produce and the “cleanest”produce. Part of the executive summary for the 2015 report explains:
- Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals.
- EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce calculates that USDA tests found a total 165 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetables samples examined in 2013.
- EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
- Each of these foods tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
- Pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA, even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.
Here are the lists! Please note that these lists do not address the issue of GMOs. The focus is on pesticides tested by the USDA.
Check out the EWG site for user-friendly printable formats of the lists.