It would be wonderful if all our food could be pesticide-free, but organic food isn’t cheap and we have to be selective with our grocery selections.  In this blog post we will look at the foods that contain the most and least pesticides as they reach your neighborhood grocery store.  The D.C. based non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranked 43 of the most commonly consumed fruits and vegetables  from highest to lowest levels of pesticides.  Below is a list of the 12 fruits and veggies  that contain the highest level of pesticides (The Dirty Dozen) and the 12 cleanest (The Consistently Clean).

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The Dirty Dozen (from lowest to highest)
1. Potatoes
2. Lettuce
3. Spinach
4. Grapes
5. Pears
6. Cherries
7. Strawberries
8. Nectarines
9. Celery
10. Sweet Bell Peppers
11. Apples
12. Peaches

The Consistently Clean (from lowest to highest)

1. Onions
2. Avocado
3. Sweet corn
4. Pineapples
5. Mango
6. Asparagus
7. Sweet peas
8. Kiwi
9. Bananas
10. Cabbage
11. Broccoli
12 Papaya