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Posted on 03-16-2017

If strawberries are your favorite fruit, you might want to buy organic. Check out where your favorite fruits and veggies stand on our Dirty Dozen Plus list. 

Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for the following popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best - lower numbers indicate more pesticides.

Note: EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of three items – blueberries, green beans and snap peas - showed sharply different results, so those domestic and imported items are ranked separately. As a result, the Shopper's Guide displays 51 entries.

1EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Strawberries

2EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Spinach

3EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Nectarines

4EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Apples

5EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Peaches

6EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Pears

7EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cherries

8EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Grapes

9EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Celery

10EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Tomatoes

11EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet bell peppers

12EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Potatoes

13EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cucumbers

14EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cherry Tomatoes

15EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Lettuce

16EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Snap peas - imported

17EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Blueberries - domestic

18EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Hot peppers +

19EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Kale / collard greens

20EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Blueberries - imported

21EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Green beans - Domestic

22EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Plums

23EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Tangerines

24EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Raspberries

25EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Carrots

26EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Winter squash

27EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Oranges

28EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Summer squash*

29EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Green beans - Imported

30EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Snap peas - domestic

31EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Bananas

32EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Green onions

33EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Watermelon

34EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Mushrooms

35EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet potatoes

36EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Broccoli

37EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Grapefruit

38EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cauliflower

39EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cantaloupe

40EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Kiwi

41EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Honeydew melon

42EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Eggplant

43EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Mangos

44EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Asparagus

45EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Papayas*

46EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet peas frozen

47EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Onions

48EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cabbage

49EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Pineapples

50EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Avocados

51EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet Corn*

* 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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