The Dirty Dozen & The Clean 15 List


Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases shopping lists that detail the safety of produce.

The Dirty Dozen list outlines the 12 fruit and vegetables that contain the highest amounts of pesticides (even after they’re washed). The EWG recommends buying these organic to reduce exposure to these harmful chemicals.

The Clean 15 however is a list of fruit and vegetables that have little to no trace evidence of pesticides and it’s therefore considered much safer to eat.  So if you are on a budget its ok to get this produce non-organic.

Where possible I try to buy as much as I can organic to support those farmers and businesses doing the right thing and keeping our planet cleaner.

      Dirty Dozen      Clean 15
    1. Apple    1. Asparagus
    2. Celery    2. Avocados
    3. Cherry Tomatoes    3. Cabbage
    4. Cucumbers    4. Cantaloupe
    5. Grapes    5. Cauliflower
    6. Nectarines    6. Eggplant
    7. Peaches    7. Grapefruit
    8. Potatoes    8. Kiwi
    9. Snap Peas    9. Mangoes
    10. Spinach    10. Onions
    11. Strawberries    11. Papayas
    12. Sweet Bell Peppers
♦ Hot Peppers
♦Kale/Collard Greens
    12. Pineapples
    13. Sweet Corn
    14. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
    15. Sweet Potatoes


Here’s a printable that you can download here to stick on your fridge.


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