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Do you know which of the vegetables and fruits you buy have the most -and the least- pesticides residues? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives you this information.
The EWG has just revealed a list of the most dirty (Dirty Dozen Plus) and clean (Clean Fifteen) fruits and vegetables. By dirty, the EWG refers to the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residues and which are the most important to buy organic; by clean,the EWG refers to the least contaminated fruits and vegetables.
Dirty Dozen Plus:
Sweet Bell Peppers
The list don´t include field corn and soya because they are usually not sold as fresh vegetables. However, the EWG highlights that these two crops are mostly produced with Genetically Modify Organism (GMO).
Other GMOs are Zucchini, sweet corn and Hawaiian Papaya. A small fraction of Zucchini and sweet corn crops are GMO; and most of the Hawaiian Papaya is a GMO.
Laws regariding labeling of GMOs vary depending on the country. Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of GMO foods (See full list here) but, for instance, The U.S. does not require labeling of GMO foods. Therefore, it is difficult for consumers to know whether they are buying GMO products or not. The advice in that case is to buy organic products.
See also our posts:
GMOs and March Against Monsanto [English]