2017 Shop­per’s Guide to Pes­ti­cides in Pro­duce

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The Dirty Dozen Plus

Th­ese are the fruits and veg­gies high­est in pes­ti­cide residues — and the ones most worth buy­ing or­ganic. The closer to the top of the list an item ap­pears, the more pes­ti­cides it con­tains. The “Plus” cat­e­gory is for fresh pro­duce that doesn't meet EWG’s usual cri­te­ria for in­clu­sion but is of­ten con­tam­i­nated with highly toxic in­sec­ti­cides. For the com­plete rank­ing of 48 foods, go to ewg.org.

Straw­ber­ries

Spinach

Nec­tarines

Ap­ples

Peaches

Pears

Cher­ries

Grapes

Cel­ery

Toma­toes

Sweet bell pep­pers

Pota­toes

PLUS

Hot pep­pers

The Clean Fif­teen

This is the fresh pro­duce low­est in pes­ti­cide residue (shown from least to most). You don't need to choose or­ganic ver­sions of th­ese items un­less you want to. Sweet corn and pa­payas are starred (*) be­cause they are some­times grown from ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied seeds. If you want to be sure to avoid GMOs, go or­ganic.

Sweet corn*

Av­o­ca­dos

Pineap­ples

Cab­bage Onions

Sweet peas (frozen)

Pa­payas*

As­para­gus

Man­gos

Egg­plant

Honey­dew

melon Kiwi

Can­taloupe

Cau­li­flower

Grape­fruit

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