Environmental Working Group’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide

This just in: the Environmental Working Group has released their 2012 Shopper’s Guide focusing on all the little creepy-crawlies in our produce. Namely, pesticides.

Wanna know the best, worst, and just so-so types of produce to buy? EWG has lists breaking it down to make it easier to navigate through aisles of endless and confusing organic labels.

Here are a few teasers:

  • The best of the “Clean 15” (meaning the cleanest produce to buy, and one you might not have to buy organic out of necessity) are onions, sweet corn and pineapples.
  • The Dirty Dozen losers? Apples, celery and bell peppers. Make sure you check those labels and buy organic for these items!
Some highlights from EWG’s findings:
  • The most contaminated fruits, in alphabetical order, are apples, domestic blueberries, grapes, imported nectarines, peaches and strawberries.
  • The most contaminated vegetables are bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes and spinach.
  • Grapes had 15 pesticides detected on a single sample. Blueberries and strawberries both had 13 different pesticides detected on a single sample.
  • As a category, grapes have more types of pesticides than any other produce, with 64 different pesticides.
  • A single bell pepper sample was contaminated with 15 different pesticides, followed by a single sample of celery with 13.

For the full list of produce offenders and winners, or to get their free guide, visit this link to download. And to keep pesticides out of our food, you know what to do.

Happy shopping!

Image Credit:Β www.ewg.org

5 thoughts on “Environmental Working Group’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide”

  1. Jessi Stafford

    I don’t think anyone outside of agribusiness thinks the Western Farm Press is a credible journalistic publication since it’s bought and paid for by Big Ag.

  2. So that negates scientific comments made by agronomists, university professors and leading biologists in the country as to the comments in the story. The Dirty Dozen list is extremely flawed and leading experts quite literally in the field have stated this quite clearly in mainstream media outlets such as the L.A. Times and the N.Y. Times. However, if you possess the narrow viewpoint that whoever has an opposing opinion from your own is wrong, you have closed yourself off to valuable information that can make you more enlightened and authoratative about these matters. If you chose to remain in the dark and refuse to entertain the possibility that there’s another side to the coin, then write away!

  3. In the interest of full disclosure, so EDB readers can consider the source of what they read about current issues in food and agriculture, here’s more about Richard’s employer Western Plant Health Association: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Western_Plant_Health_Association

    And an excerpt from his LinkedIn page http://www.linkedin.com/pub/richard-cornett/4/829/5a0

    “Richard Cornett’s Overview
    Current Communications Director at Western Plant Health Association
    Past Senior Editor at United Parenting Publications
    Editor at Roseville Press-Tribune
    Copy Editor at Sacramento Bee
    Copy editor at Stockton Record Copy editor at Sacramento Union

    A true communications specialist. Writer, reporter, photographer, Web technician, graphic designer (InDesign), PowerPoint presenter, speech writer and media communications trainer and consultant.

    Objective is to create and preserve a corporation’s good name and reputation.

    Building and perserving the exemplary reputation of associations, companies and corporations through effective mass media communications.

    Richard Cornett’s Experience
    Communications Director Western Plant Health Association
    June 2006 – Present (6 years 1 month)

    Maintain two Web sites and handle media inquiries for a trade association that represents the largest agchem companies in the world, i.e., Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Bayer, etc…”

    Consider the arguments; spot the spin; make decisions based on reason and not just marketing.


  4. Is it true that EWG says it’s OK to eat either pesticide laden fruits and vegetables or organic fruits and vegetables? That seems like a contradiction to me.What if you rinse off the pesticide residues? Is that safe?

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