Not all fruits and vegetables carry the same risk of pesticide exposure. The Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen” lists fruits and vegetables that notoriously test positive for pesticide residue. Check FoodNews.org for more information.
Foods with the highest pesticide residues:
(Try to buy organic whenever possible)
*highest residues among the samples
Note: Winter lettuce isn’t on the list, but preliminary studies have found that perchlorate (rocket fuel) may be contaminating lettuce grown in southern Arizona and California, where 90 percent of the nation’s lettuce is grown in the winter.
Foods with the lowest pesticide residues:
(When organic is not available, choose these)