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Environmental Working Group's Printable Pesticide Produce List

A Pesticide Produce Guide For Your Pocket

To buy organic or not to buy organic? Take a page (literally) from the Environmental Working Group, a health advocacy group consisting of scientists, engineers, policy experts, and lawyers whose mission is to expose threats to our environment. In addition to uncovering big environmental health threats, the EWG works to find small solutions, too. One of those is to help you avoid produce that is heavily sprayed with pesticides.

EWG has created a printable version of its "dirty dozen" list of the 12 most heavily sprayed fruits and veggies, as well as the 15 types of produce with the lowest amounts of pesticides. The list fits easily in your wallet so it can be used as a reference guide when grocery shopping to help you decide when to go organic and when it is OK to opt for less expensive, conventionally grown produce. You do, however, have to sign up for the EWG monthly email newsletter to get access to the printable list. Since the newsletter is chock-full of useful information on pesticides, sustainable agriculture, and other food-related issues, it's a piece of email worth getting.

You can sign up for the newsletter here. Here's to some happy and healthy shopping.


charlesw charlesw 8 years
Wow great list, and the more I find out about genetically modified foods and pesticides the more I switch towards organics. On a similar note, I wanted to link a story of independent farmers that are supplying the trend to organics:
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I eat about half on both ends but I'll always just buy regular apples and just wash them.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
thanks for posting about this. it's never fun to find out that foods that you really like have a higher liklihood to be sprayed and therefore to be somewhat harmful to you if you don't take the necessary precautions.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
i heart monster, Thanks for the tip!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
There's a link right underneath the sign-up box that says something like click to download if you'd rather not sign up. I clicked and downloaded without signing up. :) yay.
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