2018 Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen

Pesticides EWG Free Spirited SistersIt’s about the budget, baby

Without a doubt, buying everything organic can take up to a large chunk of the grocery budget. Therefore it can make sense, and it’s definitely frugal, to buy as many organic options as you can from the dirty dozen list while buying conventional items from the clean 15 list.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out an annual report letting consumers know about the levels of pesticide residue in fresh produce. If you want to know more about why consuming pesticides isn’t good for you, check out our post on Organic vs Non-Organic.

From the annual EWG report comes the list of the dirty dozen – those fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels of pesticide residues, and the clean 15 – those fruits and vegetables that contain the least pesticide residues.

Changes and updates for 2018

  • Strawberries topped the list of most pesticide residue again due to the fact that testing by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that they were the most likely to remain contaminated by pesticide residues, even after washing.
  • Spinach has more pesticide by weight than any other produce tested.
  • Pears have seen a huge increase in pesticide residue over the last few years, which has doubled since 2010.
  • While papaya doesn’t contain high residue levels, most of the crops available (in the United States) are genetically modified. Try finding]\ one that is non-GMO.

Check out the handy list below. You can click on it to print in another window. I cut mine out, laminate it and carry with me while I do my weekly shopping. It’s a handy way to know what I do and don’t need to buy organic and has helped our household budget!

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