Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list of the most and least pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables so that consumers can make informed decisions about how to purchase these foods. In general, the produce on the Dirty Dozen list, which includes the most toxic produce, should be purchased organic. The clean 15, on the other hand, include the cleanest produce available.
This year, the EWG has updated the list. I notice green beans have been taken off the Dirty Dozen list, having been newly added to the list last year. They state, “green beans were on last year’s list because they were often contaminated with two highly toxic organophosphates. Those pesticides are being withdrawn from agriculture.”
On the Clean Fifteen List you will find papaya and corn, two foods that may be lower in pesticides, but are commonly genetically modified. To avoid eating GMOs, you can eat organic versions of these foods, which is the only way to ensure you aren’t eating genetically modified produce.
Check out both lists here so that you can make the best food choices for you and your family.