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Apples Top This Year's Dirty Dozen List

Could an apple a day mean more, not fewer, trips to the doctor's office? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists today, and the report shows that apples are among the most pesticide-laden fruits on the market.

According to the environmentalist group, apples — the country's most popular fruit after bananas — have the highest composite levels of pesticides of any produce. Although most of the pesticide amounts found were within guidelines that federal regulators consider OK to eat, EWG found pesticide residue in 98 percent of the country's conventionally grown apples. Also topping that list? Celery, strawberries, peaches, and blueberries. Cilantro, which was tested for the first time since the program's inception, featured at least 30 unapproved pesticides.

More reassuring is the Clean 15, EWG's list of produce with the lowest levels of pesticides. Those include skinned fruit and vegetables such as onions, corn, pineapples, avocado, and watermelon; sweet peas, kiwi, and grapefruit are also on the list. You can download both comprehensive lists on EWG's website.

I've always questioned the need to buy organic berries, but at this moment, they seem well worth the potential price. Are you concerned about pesticides in your produce? If so, what do you make sure to buy organic?

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GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Oh I believe that. In fact at one farmer's market in Indiana, there is a large grocery chain store that set up shop and sell their wares. I thought a farmer's market was for small farms to sell their wares to the public.
EvieJ EvieJ 4 years
I always buy organic if I eat the peel, or if there is no peel. If it's fruit/veg I'm going to peel, I just wash it well before peeling. GummiBears: I found out that at my local farmers' market, some of the vendors were buying produce from the grocery store and re-selling it for a higher price. Shocking. It came to light when someone was looking for local honey and the honey being sold was from another state.
GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Well...I figure that since I live in a polluted city and my water taste questionable at time, what a few pesticides here and there ;) *lol*. But anyway I am hosed no matter how I look at it. Organic fruits and vegetables are very costly at the grocery store so unless I do all of my shopping at the farmer's market (a number of them do not use pesticides but due to their small size, they can't afford to get the organic label or so I am told *shrugs*).
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