Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Strawberries Still the Dirtiest of the Dirty Dozen

Posted by M. C. on April 26, 2018

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By Dr. Mercola

Story at-a-glance

  • EWG analyzed tests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which revealed close to 70 percent of conventionally grown produce samples contained pesticide residues
  • In all, 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products were identified in more than 38,800 nonorganic samples
  • Strawberries ranked No. 1 in terms of pesticide residues, with up to 22 different pesticides found on a single berry; nearly all of the strawberry samples (99 percent) contained at least one detectable pesticide residue, while 20 percent contained 10 or more
  • More than 98 percent of samples of the top six “dirtiest” produce items (strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples) contained at least one pesticide, while spinach contained 1.8 times more pesticide residue by weight than any other crop
  • The best way to avoid pesticide residues in your food is to choose those that haven’t been exposed to them to begin with, i.e., go organic

The Full Dirty Dozen List

What other fruits and vegetables were found to contain the most pesticide residues? The full EWG Dirty Dozen list is as follows:

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

EWG’s ‘Clean 15’

If you’re wondering which conventional produce contains the lowest pesticide residues, EWG compiled this list as well. The following make up the Clean 15 for 2018, which are the produce items with the fewest pesticide residues detected:

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

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