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Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

Below is the Environmental Working Group’s 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. As summarized in the EWG video, buying organic versions of the Dirty Dozen helps you skip the toxic chemicals, while buying conventional versions of the Clean 15 helps your wallet.

Check out the lists below (and print a wallet-friendly version) to keep you and your pocketbook as healthy as possible!  

DIRTY DOZEN (to skip the chemicals):

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

CLEAN 15 (to help your wallet):

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen sweet peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew melon
** A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.