Dirty Dozen (Clean 15)

Another reason to buy Organic. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) issues an annual ranking of pesticide-ridden produce. This is based on analyzing pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration for 48 produce items. The top 12 offenders comprise the Dirty Dozen list and the cleanest make up the Clean 15. Of the produce tested, 67% had at least one pesticide and 11% had at least five pesticides. By consuming only Organic produce from the Dirty Dozen, you can reduce pesticide exposure by more than 90%.


  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Peaches
  8. Potatoes
  9. Snap Peas (imported)
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers


Digging Deeper

The Centers for Disease Control in 2014 issued an update to the Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. Findings detected pesticides in blood and urine samples in 96% of Americans age 6 and older (5,000 tested).