That old adage may need to change to the one proffered above; and strawberries should be added to the list. The reason is because after five years where apples had the title of the most pesticide-ridden produce, strawberries have now "earned" the title, coming up from 4th place to "achieve" the top spot in the 2016 Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Shopper's Guide to Produce.
The following list shows the "conventionally grown" veggies and fruits that contain the highest amounts of pesticides:
Strawberries / Apples / Nectarines / Peaches / Celery / Grapes / Cherries
Spinach / Tomatoes / Bell Peppers / Cherry Tomatoes / Cucumber
Today we have fruits, such as strawberries, grown conventionally year-round and 98% of them had detectable pesticide residue. Some conventionally grown strawberries had up to 17 different pesticides on them. Strawberries grown in California can have as much as 300 pounds of pesticides dumped on each acre. Then there is the disastrous problem with run-off of these pesticides into our waterways! (You may wish to take our Going True Green Workshop on WATER)
EWG recommends that shoppers buy organic versions of these fruits and vegetables. If organic foods are too costly for your budget, try to buy the following fruits and veggies that are conventionally grown, but have the least amount of pesticide residue:
Avocados / Corn / Pineapples / Cabbage / Sweet Peas / Onions / Asparagus
Mangoes / Papayas / Kiwis / Eggplant / Honeydew / Grapefruit / Cantaloupe / Cauliflower
Bill Lauto , GTG
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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