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Dirty Dozen & Clean 15



Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases its list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels, known as the Dirty Dozen. The EWG encourages buying organic produce whenever possible, but recognizes that this is not always feasible. As a result, it recommends buying organic for the fruits and vegetables listed in the Dirty Dozen. The EWG also provides the Clean 15, a list of the 15 fruits and vegetables with the lowest levels of pesticides (app for your phone is available).



EWG’s 2013 Dirty Dozen Plus


   highest to lowest level of pesticides


EWG’s 2013 Clean 15


from lowest
   to highest level of pesticides


1. Apples

1. Sweet Corn

2. Strawberries

2. Onions

3. Grapes

3. Pineapples

4. Celery

4. Avocados

5. Peaches

5. Cabbage

6. Spinach

6. Sweet Peas (frozen)

7. Sweet Bell Peppers

7. Papayas

8. Nectarines

8. Mangoes

9. Cucumbers

9. Asparagus


10. Eggplant

11. Cherry Tomatoes

11. Kiwi

12. Hot Peppers

12. Grapefruit

Dirty Dozen+ often contaminated with insecticides

13. Cantaloupe

+ Kale/Greens

14. Sweet potatoes

+ Summer Squash

15. Mushrooms


Check out the EWG’s complete list, which ranks 45 fruits and vegetables from highest to lowest levels of pesticides.


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