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For now, organic produce tends to cost more than conventionally grown produce. Locally grown produce is the most cost effective and the best for you, but isn’t available to everyone.

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization researches the conventionally grown fruits and veggies that contain the most pesticides. EWG shares the results with the public with their Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen lists.

The Dirty Dozen list – Produce singled out by the EWG for having the highest amount of pesticide residues.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

The Clean Fifteen list – Produce least likely to contain pesticide residues.

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

When you’re out grocery shopping, don’t forget your Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen list. I keep mine readily available on my phone.

Check out the EWG’s website for more information about their research dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.