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    Date: October 14th, 2012 by AHC

    TOP "DIRTY DOZEN"
    Fruits, Vegetables with Highest Pesticide Residue
     
     
    The 12 fruits and vegetables listed in the first chart contain the highest levels of pesticides

    HIGHEST IN PESTICIDES
    When possible, it is recommended that one purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables in the top group rather than conventionally grown as this list contains the highest levels of pesticides.

    2012 MOST CONTAMINATED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES According to EWG (Environmental Working Group)

    Apples
    Celery
    Sweet bell peppers
    Peaches
    Strawberries
    Imported nectarines
    Grapes
    Spinach
    Lettuce
    Cucumbers
    Domestic blueberries
    Potatoes

    2011 MOST CONTAMINATED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES According to EWG (Environmental Working Group)

    Apples
    Celery
    Strawberries
    Peaches
    Spinach
    Nectarines (imported)
    Grapes (imported)
    Sweet bell peppers
    Potatoes
    Blueberries (domestic)
    Lettuce
    Kale/collard greens

    Clean 15: Produce With the Least Pesticide

    Here’s the EWG’s list of the 15 fruits and vegetables that had the best overall pesticide scores, with produce with the least pesticide contamination at the top of the list:

    Onions
    Sweet corn
    Pineapples
    Avocados
    Asparagus
    Sweet peas
    Mangoes
    Eggplant
    Cantaloupe (domestic)
    Kiwi
    Cabbage
    Watermelon
    Sweet potatoes
    Grapefruit
    Mushrooms

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    FULL LIST (Highest to Lowest 2009) Courtesy of FoodNews.org

    RANK FRUIT OR VEGGIE SCORE
    1 (worst) Peach 100 (highest pesticide load)
    2 Apple 93
    3 Sweet Bell Pepper 83
    4 Celery 82
    5 Nectarine 81
    6 Strawberries 80
    7 Cherries 73
    8 Kale 69
    9 Lettuce 67
    10 Grapes – Imported 66
    11 Carrot 63
    12 Pear 63
    13 Collard Greens 60
    14 Spinach 58
    15 Potato 56
    16 Green Beans 53
    17 Summer Squash 53
    18 Pepper 51
    19 Cucumber 50
    20 Raspberries 46
    21 Grapes – Domestic 44
    22 Plum 44
    23 Orange 44
    24 Cauliflower 39
    25 Tangerine 37
    26 Mushrooms 36
    27 Banana 34
    28 Winter Squash 34
    29 Cantaloupe 33
    30 Cranberries 33
    31 Honeydew Melon 30
    32 Grapefruit 29
    33 Sweet Potato 29
    34 Tomato 29
    35 Broccoli 28
    36 Watermelon 26
    37 Papaya 20
    38 Eggplant 20
    39 Cabbage 17
    40 Kiwi 13
    41 Sweet Peas – Frozen 10
    42 Asparagus 10
    43 Mango 9
    44 Pineapple 7
    45 Sweet Corn – Frozen 2
    46 Avocado 1
    47 (best) Onion 1 (lowest pesticide load)

     
    Least Contaminated: THE CLEAN FIFTEEN

    "The vegetables least likely to have pesticides on them are onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, cabbage, eggplant, broccoli, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.

    • Over half of the tomatoes (53.1 percent), broccoli (65.2 percent), eggplant (75.4 percent), cabbage (82.1 percent), and sweet pea (77.1 percent) samples had no detectable pesticides. Among the other three vegetables on the least-contaminated list (asparagus, sweet corn, and onions), there were no detectable residues on 90 percent or more of the samples.
    • Multiple pesticide residues are extremely rare on any of these least contaminated vegetables. Tomatoes had the highest likelihood, with a 13.5 percent chance of more than one pesticide when ready to eat. Onions and corn both had the lowest chance with zero samples containing more than one pesticide.
    • Broccoli had the most pesticides found on a single type of vegetable, with up to 28 pesticides, but far fewer than the most contaminated vegetable, sweet bell peppers, on which 64 were found..

    The fruits least likely to have pesticide residues on them are avocados, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, papayas, watermelon and grapefruit.

    •  Fewer than 10 percent of pineapple, mango, and avocado samples had detectable pesticides on them, and fewer than one percent of samples had more than one pesticide residue.
    • Though 54.5 percent of grapefruit had detectable pesticides, multiple residues are less common, with only 17.5 percent of samples containing more than one residue. Watermelon had residues on 28.1 percent of samples, and just 9.6 percent had multiple pesticide residues."

    More Information

    "Every year, new research is published demonstrating the toxicity of pesticides to human health and the environment, often at doses previously
    declared "safe" by the pesticide industry and the government.

    As acknowledged by the U.S. and international government agencies, different pesticides have been linked with a variety of toxic effects, including:

    • Nervous system effects
    • Carcinogenic effects
    • Hormone system effects
    • Skin, eye and lung irritation

    Pesticides are unique among the chemicals we release into the environment; they have inherent toxicity because they are designed to kill living organisms – insects, plants, and fungi that are considered "pests." Because
    they are toxic by design, many pesticides pose health risks to people, risks that have been acknowledged by independent research scientists and physicians across the world."

    – Quoted from FoodNews.org

    SOURCE: http://ewg.org




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