What’s the “Dirty Dozen” list?

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It’s the fruit and vegetables considered to be the most contaminated with pesticides. It’s expensive to purchase organic produce, so knowing the fruit and vegetables that are the most unclean allows you to use your money wisely.
The Dirty Dozen (and then some):
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Potatoes
  9. Snap peas (imported)
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell peppers
And then some: Hot peppers and Kale/Collard Greens are also said to be highly contaminated.
According to the research report conducted by the EWG (Environmental Working Group), 99% of apple samples tested positive for pesticide residue and the average potato had more pesticide by weight than any other produce.
To view their report or for more information visit the EWG.  You will love browsing their site for a wealth of information – including a list of the “Clean Fifteen”!

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