Strawberries Are At The Top Of The ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Yet Again

Contributed by Tayler Adigun

Strawberries have managed to find themselves at the top of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list yet again.

The list is a ranking of the fruits with the highest levels of pesticide contamination.The list is made by a non-profit, non- partisan group called the Environmental Working Group. Since 2004 the group has listed and ranked foods based on the contamination levels.

EWG found that one strawberry sample contained 22 pesticide residues and a third of all conventional strawberry samples contain 10 or more pesticides.

According to CNN spinach is the second dirtiest item on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers.

There are still ways to enjoy the popular berry without constant fear of contamination: buy organic and wash your fruit before consumption.

While organic strawberries still contain some pesticides they are not grown with as many, making them the safer option.

An article by the Huffington Post reported that “they (strawberries) are grown with far fewer chemicals and are usually planted farther away from high-density areas, so organic consumers are still supporting a safer industry.”

On a brighter note, the EWG also lists the top 15 cleanest produce items, titled the ‘Clean15’.

Avocados came in at number one, with only one pesticide found out of a sample size of 360.

The takeaway here? Buy organic and eat a lot of avocados.


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