EWG’s 2024 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

EWG’s 2024 Dirty Dozen

Even after washing, removing dirt, scrubbing, and/or peeling, these fruits and vegetables had the highest percentages of pesticide residue. EWG researchers recommend avoiding non-organic versions of these foods — you can still enjoy them but buy the organic versions.

  1. Strawberries  
  1. Spinach  
  1. Kale, collard & mustard greens  
  1. Grapes 
  1. Peaches  
  1. Pears  
  1. Nectarines  
  1. Apples  
  1. Bell & hot peppers  
  1. Cherries  
  1. Blueberries  
  1. Green beans

EWG’s 2024 Clean Fifteen

1.With lower levels of pesticide residue, these fruits and vegetables (non-organic) pose less of a risk to your health than the Dirty Dozen foods. Keep in mind that the USDA does not test for every pesticide used in farming — this includes the weed killer glyphosate. To minimize your exposure to glyphosate, go 100% organic (glyphosate is not allowed to be used at certified organic farms).

  1. Sweet corn* 
  1. Avocados  
  1. Pineapple  
  1. Onions  
  1. Papaya*  
  1. Sweet peas  
  1. Asparagus  
  1. Honeydew melon  
  1. Kiwi  
  1. Cabbage  
  1. Watermelon 
  1. Mushrooms  
  1. Mangoes  
  1. Sweet potatoes  
  1. Carrots

*A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce. 


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