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Clean 15 vs Dirty Dozen

By Environmental Working Group


Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2017 contained pesticide residues - a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals.

 2017 Dirty Dozen (plus 1)

1.    Strawberries

2.    Spinach

3.    Nectarines

4.    Apples

5.    Peaches

6.    Pears

7.    Cherries

8.    Grapes

9.    Celery

10.  Tomatoes

11.   Sweet Bell Peppers

12.   Potatoes

     +Hot Peppers


The Clean Fifteen are produce items that contain the least amount of pesticide residue.  This means you could, if you wanted to, skip the organic price tag and opt for the conventionally grown produce.

The fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the "Clean Fifteen") are:

2017 Clean Fifteen

1.    Sweet Corn*

2.    Avocados

3.    Pineapples

4.    Cabbage

5.    Onions

6.    Sweet Peas Frozen

7.    Papayas*

8.    Asparagus

9.    Mangos

10   Kiwi

11   Eggplant

12   Honeydew Melon

13   Cantaloupe

14   Cauliflower

15   Grapefruit


* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from Genetically Engineered (GE) seedstock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce.