A few years ago, The Environmental Working Group put out a list of produce more likely (dirty dozen) and less likely (clean fifteen) to retain pesticides and chemicals in traditional produce. Their handy list was meant to serve as a recommendation for produce shoppers choosing between organic and non-organic.
We blogged about this awhile back. The take home message was that some produce items are less susceptible to harmful pesticides so you don't always have to buy organic!
They've updated their list, tweaking the rankings based on updated research. No major changes as far as I can tell! Here it is:
The EWG's intro page has a balanced discussion of organic produce:
- "Pesticides are detected in 7 of every 10 fruit and vegetable samples tested"
- "Buying organic sends a message that you support environmentally friendly farming practices that minimize soil erosion, safeguard water quality and protect wildlife"
- "The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure"
- "... recommend eating fruits and vegetables, even conventionally grown, instead of processed foods and other less healthy alternatives"
- Erin and Ken