EWG’s produce lists: Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes two lists that are useful when shopping for produce. The EWG lists foods that are most commonly contaminated with pesticides as the Dirty Dozen™ (this year the Dirty Dozen Plus) and foods that least commonly contaminated with pesticides as the Clean Fifteen™.

If you eat foods in the Dirty Dozen list, it is best to buy them organic to reduce risk of ingesting pesticides. If you eat foods in the Clean Fifteen, it is not necessary to buy organic from this group. Be sure to read the explanations at the site, which provide additional information.

When you visit their site, note that they have now in addition to a printable PDF, phone apps that download the lists directly to your device. Also, EWG lists all ranked produce here.

Dirty Dozen™ Plus

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines–imported
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries–domestic
  12. Potatoes
  13. Green beans
  14. Kale/greens

Clean Fifteen™

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe–domestic
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms
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3 responses to “EWG’s produce lists: Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

  1. purdyfarmsbecky

    I am so afraid to buy any lettuce. I love the summer when our farmers stand is open. I only buy local, but WASH everything too! Thanks for the info Donna! But be careful of the cantaloupe if you live in Indiana. Hope they recalled it all.
    Sleep well Dear Lady, and dream of dancing! ♥

  2. Thank you for this information…our food supply can be really scary in this country. I was surprised with some of the items on the dirty dozen list. I now wash everything really good after taking a food safety class many years ago and buy organic when possible. Hope things get better soon for you….((((HUGS)))) and lots of love coming your way with strong positive energy! Oh how I wish I could do more.

  3. Pingback: EWG’s Good Food on a Tight Budget « Living Beyond Organic Mom

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