EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

EWG (the Environmental Working Group) analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best (lower numbers = more pesticides)

Note: EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of two items – blueberries and snap peas – showed sharply different results, so we have ranked those domestic and imported items separately. As a result, the full list of foods ranked by the Shopper’s Guide displays 50 entries. — taken from EWG.org site

    1.    Apples
    2.    Peaches
    3.    Nectarines
    4.    Strawberries
    5.    Grapes
    6.    Celery
    7.    Spinach
    8.    Sweet bell peppers
    9.    Cucumbers
    10.    Cherry tomatoes
    11.    Snap peas – imported
    12.    Potatoes
    13.    Hot Peppers
    14.    Blueberries – domestic
    15.    Lettuce
    16.    Kale/Collard greens*
    17.    Cherries

    18.    Plums
    19.    Pears
    20.    Green beans
    21.    Raspberries
    22.    Winter squash
    23.    Tangerines
    24.    Blueberries – imported
    25.    Carrots
    26.    Summer squash*
    27.    Broccoli
    28.    Snap peas – domestic
    29.    Green onions
    30.    Bananas
    31.    Oranges
    32.    Tomatoes
    33.    Watermelon
    34.    Honeydew melon

    35.    Mushrooms
    36.    Sweet potatoes
    37.    Cauliflower
    38.    Cantaloupe
    39.    Grapefruit
    40.    Eggplant
    41.    Kiwi
    42.    Papayas*
    43.    Mangos
    44.    Asparagus
    45.    Onions
    46.    Sweet peas frozen
    47.    Cabbage
    48.    Pineapples
    49.    Sweet Corn*
    50.    Avocados

* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from GE [genetically engineered] seedstock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce.

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