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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.

 2020 Dirty Dozen

1.    Strawberries

2.    Spinach

3.    Kale

4.    Nectarines

5.    Apples

6.    Grapes

7.    Peaches

8.    Cherries

9.    Pears

10.  Tomatoes

11.   Celery

12.   Potatoes

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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:

2020 Clean Fifteen

1.    Avocados

2.    Sweet Corn *

3.    Pineapples

4.    Sweet Peas Frozen

5.    Onions

6.    Papayas*

7.    Eggplants

8.    Asparagus

9.    Kiwis

10.  Cabbages

11.   Cauliflower

12.   Cantaloupe

13.   Broccoli

14.   Mushrooms

15.   Honeydew melons


A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.