Produce and pesticides: Which fruits and veggies are the dirtiest?

The USDA’s latest dietary recommendations suggest half our plates be filled with fruits and vegetables.

Today, a non-profit research organization released its annual report of the dirtiest as well as the cleanest produce.

For the fourth year running, apples top this year’s so-called “dirty dozen” list.

It’s compiled by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit public health organization.

It ranks almost 50 popular fruits and vegetables by the amount of pesticide residue on them, using samples tested by federal labs.

Among others on the “dirtiest” list?: Strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, and potatoes.

The environmental working group suggests buying organic when it comes to “dirty dozen” produce.

The produce trade association says the list causes confusion at a time when health authorities urge us to eat more produce, and adds:

“99 percent of sampled products had residues below EPA tolerances.”

The Environmental Working Group has also released the “clean fifteen” – what they say are the safest fruits and vegetables.

The top 5 this year include: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage and frozen sweet peas.

Many health experts, growers, and the Environmental Working Group all agree that the pros of eating non-organic fruits and vegetables outweigh the cons.

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