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Pamela Bond's Blog

Check out the revised Dirty Dozen produce list

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Environmental Working Group is offering an exclusive first look at its updated 2010 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides, which includes the Dirty Dozen—a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables highest in pesticide residue. EWG’s research shows that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Yum.

If you’re familiar with the old list, you’ll notice a few changes in the latest iteration. Celery, which formerly was the fourth filthiest produce pick, is now top of the heap. Pears and lettuce dropped off the Dirty Dozen list this year (though they’re still not the cleanest). And blueberries and kale got the honor of joining the list this round—blueberries rank fifth for pesticide residue and kale ranks ninth.

Dirty Dozen

  1. Celery

  2. Peaches

  3. Strawberries

  4. Apples

  5. Blueberries

  6. Nectarines

  7. Bell peppers

  8. Spinach

  9. Kale

  10. Cherries

  11. Potatoes

  12. Grapes (imported)

Study the list, so you can help customers make informed decisions about their produce picks. In addition to the Dirty Dozen, the EWG lists the Clean 15, the produce lowest in pesticide residues.

Also, check out this video to see how Dr. Andrew Weil makes sense of and uses the list.

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