The yearly update to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists is out.

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out the list of their “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen”. The Dirty Dozen are the foods with the highest level of pesticides while the Clean Fifteen have the least amount of pesticides. When buying food it would be great if we all could afford organic all of the time, but that is just not always possible. Therefore, this list comes in handy as we should be buying the Dirty Dozen as organic, and, further more, we can watch our pennies by purchasing the Clean Fifteen items as conventional. I’ve posted their list below for your convenience, but don’t forget to visit the EWG’s website as it is most helpful.

Below is the list of the dirty 12

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Bell Peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

And the Clean 15

  1. Avocados
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Honeydew
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Cantaloupe
  15. Cauliflower

Please go to EWG’s website to download your copy of the dirty 12 and clean 15. 

Source and image: EWG