Environmental Working Group | 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that specializes in research and advocacy to protect the public health and the environment. Yesterday, the EWG released their annual “Shopper’s Guide.” The guide has two lists, one that contains produce with the least amounts of pesticides and the other that contains produce with the highest amounts of pesticides.

The following is a list of the fruits and vegetables that are considered the “cleanest” with the least amount of contamination, according to the Environmental Working Group:

clean 15

For the fifth year in a row, apples tops the list as being the most contaminated. The list below has produce considered to be the “dirtiest” with the highest pesticide residue found in testing:

dirty plus

It is recommended by EWG to buy organic fruits and vegetables on the “Dirty Dozen Plus™” list, when affordable and available.