dglobalnews.com This fruit made the 'Dirty Dozen' list for the first time
Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

This fruit made the 'Dirty Dozen' list for the first time

This fruit made the 'Dirty Dozen' list for the first time

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has yet again released its annual Dirty Dozen list - and this year, pears have made the list for the first time, taking the No. 6 slot on the list, up from No. 22 in 2016. The USDA found 178 different pesticides, and more than 98% of the samples of some of this produce had at least one pesticide. It's the second straight year strawberries have led the list, which has been published since 2004 and is based on U.S. Department of Agriculture tests of 48 types of produce. All of the foods contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce. Strawberries contain the most pesticides, while sweet corn and avocados are almost clean, according to an annual report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

And in especially gloomy news for a spicy food lover like me, the list has been expanded again this year to highlight hot peppers, especially jalapeno, Serrano, and Anaheim peppers.

If you're curious how the rest of the produce ranked, check out the full list of rankings here. A single sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticides.

Americans eat almost 8 pounds of fresh strawberries per person each year, and even when they are rinsed in the field and washed before eating, they are still most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue, according to the Environmental Working Group.

This is the Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

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Produce with the lowest pesticide residue, in order were: sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onion, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and grapefruit.

"Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they're grown", said EWG senior analyst Sonya Lunder, "but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic".

Spinach samples had, on average, twice as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.

Sweet corn and avocados topped the EWG's Clean Fifteen list of foods with the least amount of pesticides.

The IIT scientists surveyed 510 low income consumers in the Chicago area to learn more about what terms and information about fruits and vegetables may influence their shopping intentions. That report essentially says that we don't need pesticides to produce enough food to feed the world. Did you know that strawberries are contaminated with pesticides?

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