The Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce is published by The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a group dedicated to preserving the health of individuals and our planet.   EWG bases the guide on the results of pesticide tests conducted on produce by federal agencies from 2000 to 2009.  All produce was tested after it was washed or peeled in accordance with how consumers typically treat each food before eating.

A growing body of scientists warn that exposure to even small amounts of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect health.  Humans are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects during fetal and childhood development.

The effect on the planet is equally serious.  Pesticides and herbicides contaminate groundwater and promote erosion.  They may also contribute to “colony collapse disorder,” the unexplained, sudden disappearance of pollinating honeybees, thus threatening the US food supply.

Because the following produce has the highest pesticide content, Dr Weil and EWG recommend we buy or grow our own organic versions of the fruits and vegetables:

Apples   Celery   Strawberries   Peaches   Spinach   Imported Nectarines & Grapes   Sweet bell peppers   Domestic Blueberries   Lettuce   Kale/Collard Greens

Stay tuned for “The Clean Fifteen.”


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