‘Dirty Dozen’ List Updated for 2018

Here at The Corner, we understand the importance of knowing what’s in our food! Each year, Environmental Working Group (EWG) categorizes fruits and veggies into two groups based on the amount of pesticides found: The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. Strawberries have topped the list for the third year in a row.

For the 2018 Dirty Dozen list, EWG singled out produce with the highest loads of pesticide residues. This year the list includes, in descending order, strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers.

Each of these foods tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce.

Key findings:

  • More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.
  • A single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides.
  • Spinach samples had, on average, 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.

Want to avoid these toxic pesticides? Buy organic produce whenever possible! Luckily, all of our produce here at The Corner is 100% organic, always.

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