About three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
The EWG has created a list of the produce that contains the highest amount of pesticides to help consumers shop mindfully and to understand what they are putting in their bodies. Produce on this list should be purchased as organic, due to their high levels of pesticides and the effects it can have on the body and mind.
This list is known as The Dirty Dozen, which we highly recommend following.
The EWG also released a list of produce that has the least amount of pesticides. It is known as the Clean Fifteen. While we advocate for purchasing mostly organic foods, as it is better for your bodies, our earth, and for farmer's health conditions, the produce listed on the Clean Fifteen are suitable to be purchased as conventional.
For more information, click here to see details on the pesticide usage for these fruits and vegetables.