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)
2011 MOST CONTAMINATED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES According to EWG (Environmental Working Group)
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:
FULL LIST (Highest to Lowest 2009) Courtesy of FoodNews.org
|RANK||FRUIT OR VEGGIE||SCORE|
|1 (worst)||Peach||100 (highest pesticide load)|
|3||Sweet Bell Pepper||83|
|10||Grapes – Imported||66|
|21||Grapes – Domestic||44|
|41||Sweet Peas – Frozen||10|
|45||Sweet Corn – Frozen||2|
|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."
"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