14 Pesticide-Covered Foods to Avoid

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Pesticide FoodsHere’s an interesting post from our friends at Business Insider:

Cramming in your daily five servings of fruits and vegetables is getting scarier by the day.

The Environmental Working Group is out with an updated list of what it calls the Dirty Dozen Plus—common supermarket foods that are covered in chemicals. This year, the list features first-timers like green beans, kale and collard greens.

To compile their “shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce,” researchers analyzed 10 years of USDA and Food and Drug Administration pesticide residue tests on foods that had been washed and peeled.

According to the report, in 2010, 68% of food samples still had detectable pesticide residue.

The organization also made a list of the least contaminated produce, called the Clean 15. This includes onions, corn, pineapple and avocado—all of which have thick peels that make it difficult for pesticides to penetrate.

Here’s a look at the “dirtiest” fruits and veggies:

Dirty Dozen Plus (Lower Numbers Equals More Pesticides):

1. Apples: 98% of apples had pesticides

2. Celery: 13 different pesticides were found on a single sample

3. Sweet bell peppers: 15 pesticides were found on a single sample

4. Peaches

5. Strawberries: 13 different pesticides were found on a single strawberry

6. Imported nectarines: Every nectarine tested by the USDA had “measurable pesticide residues”

7. Grapes: With 64 different chemicals, grapes had more types of pesticides than any other fruit

8. Spinach

9. Lettuce: Tested positive for 78 different pesticides

10. Cucumbers: 81 different pesticide residues were found

11. Blueberries: Tested positive for 43 different pesticides

12. Potatoes: 91% tested positive for pesticides

13: Green Beans

14: Kale/Greens

See the full list here.

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  • Guest

    Seriously? What value is there in telling people to avoid foods that are so common in our daily diets? How about solutions to the problem along with the list? Is there a way to clean this food or remove the pesticides somehow?

    • http://mischievouskitty.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

      Yeah, I was surprised that this article left it at “avoid these foods.”  Normally, the advice is to make a special effort to buy organic for these foods in order to avoid pesticides.  It can be a bit more expensive if you buy them in a grocery store, but if you have a farmers’ market nearby that allows you to buy in-season directly from the farmer, it can actually be cheaper than conventional grocery store produce! 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJZ7H3TPQIHHRILNQ23BY22MII Laura

        Two things Steph: it can be a LOT more expensive to buy so-called “organic” food and many of us do not have farmers’ markets nearby. In addition, most of these markets operate on only one or two days a week.

        Farmers’ markets are not a viable answer to the problem of poisoned foods, and unpoisoned foods are priced as luxuries. Most of us are slowly committing suicide.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJZ7H3TPQIHHRILNQ23BY22MII Laura

    LearnVest, whoever you are (I landed here by link):  The word “dozen” means twelve, not fourteen.