“Dirty Dozen”

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Some fruits and vegetables are more likely than others to retain pesticides after they are harvested. If you want to economize and still shop organically, experts recommend you focus your shopping dollars on produce likely to harbor the highest contaminants.

The Environmental Working Group is out with its annual “Dirty Dozen” list: a ranking of the conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that, based on an analysis of 32,000 samples tested by the USDA and the FDA, are most likely to be contaminated with pesticides.

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We have the right to know when we might mitigate any potential risk by buying organic. And unsurprisingly, apples top this year’s list of conventionally grown produce to consider avoiding:

Apples
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Peaches
Spinach
Sweet bell peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas (imported)
Potatoes

 

And, on the other end of things, here are the “clean 15″ — the ones that, even when not organic, host the fewest chemicals:

Sweet potatoes
Cauliflower
Cantaloupe
Grapefruit
Eggplant
Kiwi
Papaya
Mangoes
Asparagus
Onions
Sweet peas – frozen
Cabbage
Pineapples
Sweet corn
Avocados