The 2019 Ranking Of Pesticides in Produce

The Environmental Working Group has released their annual “Dirty Dozen List” of produce harboring the most pesticide residues.  According to testing by the USDA and the FDA, on which the EWG bases its findings, over 92% of kale samples grown the usual ways have two or more pesticide residues, with some up to 18. Kale, like spinach, grows near the ground (where there are more bugs) so it gets more pesticide protection. Some studies have linked pesticides to issues with brain development and fertility and even cancer, but you don’t need fancy fruit and veggie washes to clean produce, says the Globe & Mail; a plain-water rinse is just as good.

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  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes


  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen sweet peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew melons

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Scott Fox
Scott Fox