Dirty Dozen: 12 Highest Pesticide-Prone Forms of Produce

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (or EWG) treats us to their annual Shopper’s Guide. Perhaps of even more interesting to me (and I believe you might find it worth a boo, as well) is the “Dirty Dozen,” a shopper’s basket of the most pesticide-prone produce to hit American supermarkets.

The EWG collects this list based on pesticide-residue testing results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration (USDA). If you’re at all concerned with the health effects of pesticide exposure (i.e. cancer), but don’t always buy organic produce, feast your eyes (but maybe not your stomachs) on 2015’s Dirty Dozen…


1. Apples

A shocking 99-percent of apple samples taken in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration pesticide residue testing showed positive results for at least one pesticide residue.  Unfortunately, the staple lunchbox fruit lands first on the Dirty Dozen list for the fifth year in a row.

According to the full EWG 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce report, even though an apple a day might keep the doctor away, apples still contain the highest levels of pesticides residue due to the chemicals. This is largely due to the fact that chemicals are sprayed on apple crops before and after harvesting, as a means of extending fruit preservation.

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