When I first started this blog, I wrote about the difference between organic and conventional. How does one know whether to buy organic or conventional produce? What’s the difference between the two? I listed out the best foods to buy organic as they are heavily contaminated with pesticide levels while also listing the foods least contaminated with pesticides.
Well, the Environmental Working Group or EWG recently updated its dirty dozen list naming the top 12 contaminated foods with pesticides, herbicides, etc. By using an analysis of 51,000 tests for pesticide use, the EWG determines the pesticide contamination for 53 popular fruits and vegetables. In addition, these tests are conducted after the produce has been peeled or rinsed. For more information on how the methodology of the testing of the produce visit http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/methodology/.
The top 3 foods with the highest pesticide contamination levels are apples, celery, and strawberries while the cleanest 3 are onions, corn, and pineapples. For a complete list and your own shopper’s guide for your fridge or wallet, visit http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/. In addition, here’s an article discussing pesticide use on the world’s largest strawberry supply, which comes from California. http://www.rodale.com/strawberry-pesticide?cm_mmc=DailyNewsNL-_-645744-_-07212011-_-Top5