Updated Dirty Dozen

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The Environmental Working Group offers a handy printable guide that lists the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 fruits and vegetables, ranked by pesticide load after washing and or pealing (as each item would typically be eaten).

The news here is that there has been an UPDATE!  Spinach, Potatoes and Blueberries have made their way onto the list, as well as some ranking shuffles in the top 12.

Click here for a PDF guide to the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15.

If you are interested, the full list of 47 fruits & veggies is here.  This has not yet been updated, but will give you a great ‘big picture’.

The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides ranks pesticide contamination for 47 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of 87,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 2000 to 2007 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Nearly all the studies used to create the list test produce after it has been rinsed or peeled. Contamination was measured in six different ways and crops were ranked based on a composite score from all categories.
The six measures of contamination we used were:

  • Percent of the samples tested with detectable pesticides
  • Percent of the samples with two or more pesticides
  • Average number of pesticides found on a sample
  • Average amount (level in parts per million) of all pesticides found
  • Maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample
  • Number of pesticides found on the commodity in total”

*This methodology explanation is directly from their site. Click to learn more.

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