The EWG's 2012 Dirty Dozen List Adds Leafy Greens and Green Beans

The Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen guide helps shoppers determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues, and are therefore the most important to buy organic. This year's guide is identical to last year's, with two notable additions to the high pesticide watch: leafy greens and green beans.

They're calling it Dirty Dozen Plus to especially highlight green beans and leafy greens like kale and collard greens. While these veggies don't meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria, the EWG says they are often contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides, and so should be purchased organic whenever possible.

As usual, the guide also contains a list of the Clean 15, the produce lowest in pesticides and therefore safe to buy conventional.

The Dirty Dozen (Always Buy Organic)

Apples
Celery
Sweet bell peppers
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines - imported
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Blueberries - domestic
Potatoes

+ PLUS

Leafy greens
Green Beans

The Clean 15 (OK to Buy Conventional)

Onions
Sweet Corn
Pineapples
Avocado
Cabbage
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Mangoes
Eggplant
Kiwi
Cantaloupe - domestic
Sweet potatoes
Grapefruit
Watermelon
Mushrooms

Download the Full List [PDF]

Read More: The EWG's 2012 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Related: It's True! Organic Fruits and Vegetables Taste Better

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