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The Dirty Dozen strike again

April 19, 2016

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For more than a decade, the Environmental Working Group is ranking fruits and veggies according to how much pesticides they contain. The list of twelve most polluted produce, which is based on thousands of samples give the insight into how fruits and vegetables are being grown and what pesticides they contain when put on our tables.

This year’s Dirty Dozen has all the usual suspects, the mucky strawberries and apples, as well as the celery and the spinach. Two unexpected newcomers also made it to the list, cherry tomatoes and cherries themselves, both could easily be grown without pesticides. The good news is, they replaced potatoes and lettuce, veggies that are often on our plates. So, it seems the overall conditions are improving.

And the 2016 Dirty Dozen goes to:

  1. Strawberries
    2. Apples
    3. Nectarines
    4. Peaches
    5. Celery
    6. Grapes
    7. Cherries
    8. Spinach
    9. Tomatoes
    10. Bell peppers
    11. Cherry tomatoes
    12. Cucumbers

In the end, it is important to stress that the health benefits of fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticides, even the dirty ones.

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