Dirty and Clean Food: Fruits and Vegetables with the most -and the least- pesticides residues

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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:

Apple

Celery

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Grapes

Hot Peppers

Nectarines

Peaches

Potatoes

Spinach

Strawberries

Sweet Bell Peppers

Kale/Collar Greens

Summer Squash

Clean Fifteen

Asparagus

Avocados

Cabagge

Cantaloupe

Sweet Corn

Egg Plant

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mango

Mushrooms

Onion

Papayas

Pinapples

Sweet Peas

Sweet Potatoes

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]

¿Sabías que probablemente tu comida es geneticamente modificada? [Spanish]

Overproduction? Overconsumption? Think Better, Eat Better and Save the Food [English]

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