Earth Day Pesticide Roundup

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her fate is in your hands
In honor of Earth Day, I'm here reproducing the Environmental Working Group's list of the fruits and veg that contain the most pesticides. Folks, I know it's fiendishly expensive, but you really should be trying to buy organic when it comes to the worst offenders (peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries and cherries): It might save you in chemo bills later.

But don't stop with this list: Visit their excellent web site for more ways to get Earth-friendly. She's the only mother we've got!

These are ranked from foods with the highest pesticide load to those with the lowest, beginning with: Peach 100 (highest pesticide load) 2 Apple 93 3 Sweet Bell Pepper 83 4 Celery 82 5 Nectarine 81 6 Strawberries 80 7 Cherries 73 8 Kale 69 9 Lettuce 67 10 Grapes - Imported 66 11 Carrot 63 12 Pear 63 13 Collard Greens 60 14 Spinach 58 15 Potato 56 16 Green Beans 53 17 Summer Squash 53 18 Pepper 51 19 Cucumber 50 20 Raspberries 46 21 Grapes - Domestic 44 22 Plum 44 23 Orange 44 24 Cauliflower 39 25 Tangerine 37 26 Mushrooms 36 27 Banana 34 28 Winter Squash 34 29 Cantaloupe 33 30 Cranberries 33 31 Honeydew Melon 30 32 Grapefruit 29 33 Sweet Potato 29 34 Tomato 29 35 Broccoli 28 36 Watermelon 26 37 Papaya 20 38 Eggplant 20 39 Cabbage 17 40 Kiwi 13 41 Sweet Peas - Frozen 10 42 Asparagus 10 43 Mango 9 44 Pineapple 7 45 Sweet Corn - Frozen 2 46 Avocado 1 47 (best) Onion 1 (lowest pesticide load)


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