EWG's top twelve dirtiest, pesticide contaminated produce

Don’t Put These Dirty Dozen in Your Reusable Produce Bag

Photo via NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Photo via NeONBRAND on Unsplash

The EWG states that over 70% of conventional produce comes with pesticide residue. Talk about yuck! The Environmental Working Group has just released its annual list of the top twelve dirtiest, pesticide contaminated produce. Before testing, all produce was washed and peeled, proving that the pesticide residue was inside the produce, and not just sitting on the outside. The EWG’s dirty dozen list for 2019 is as follows: 

1.     Strawberries

2.     Spinach

3.     Kale

4.     Nectarines

5.     Apples

6.     Grapes

7.     Peaches

8.     Cherries

9.     Pears

10.  Tomatoes

11.  Celery

12.  Potatoes

The EWG also stated that hot peppers would be the thirteenth on the list, because of their high levels of insecticides. They suggest thoroughly cooking the peppers to reduce the amounts on insecticides.

When looking to fill up your reusable produce bags at the grocery store, you definitely want to purchase these twelve produce items organic if possible. Pesticides can be extremely hazardous to your health. The USDA tests found over 225 different types of pesticide residue, and many tests of Kale found over 18 types of pesticide residue. Pesticide and insecticide exposure can lead to health problems, disease and sickness. The most common pesticide found on Kale was DCPA, a known human carcinogen and a pesticide banned in Europe since 2009. Pesticide exposure has also been linked to poor reproductive health in a study done in 2018. Pesticides also harm wildlife, ecosystems and many are toxic to bees, who are essential in pollinating our crops.


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