eco brief

Dangerous Dozen

Produce to Avoid

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The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce (https://tinyurl.com/DDToxicProduce) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce.

Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables.

The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.

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The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon.

The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

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