The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen!

The research has been done and it is clear that pesticides are harmful to human health as well as all animals … not just bugs. Pesticides can lead to cancer, birth defects, infertility, kidney failure, and much more. Monsanto’s Bt toxins are killing human embryo cells, while RoundUp and glyphosate are leading to a kidney disease epidemic in poor farming regions.

If buying all organic food is a stretch for your pocketbook or your area does not offer much in the way of organic produce, The Environmental Working Shopper’s Guide helps people find conventional fruits and vegetables with low concentrations of pesticide residues. Here is their latest list for The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarines – Imported
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas – Imported
12. Potatoes

All imported nectarines and 99% of apples sampled tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.

A single grape tested positive for 15 pesticides.

Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and strawberries tested positive for 13 different pesticides apiece.

The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Frozen sweet peas
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwis
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet potatoes

About 89% of pineapples, 82% of kiwi, 80% of papayas, 88% of mangoes and 61% of cantaloupe tested had no residue of pesticides.

No single fruit sample from the “Clean Fifteen” list tested positive for more than four types of pesticides.


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