New "Dirty Dozen" & "Clean 15" lists are out

Strawberries Top EWG's Pesticide Laden'Dirty Dozen List for Third Year in a Row

Strawberries Top EWG's Pesticide Laden'Dirty Dozen List for Third Year in a Row

A single sample of strawberries showed 20 pesticides, the report indicated.

The analysis found strawberries and spinach to contain the most - one-third of all conventional strawberry samples contained 10 or more pesticides and 97 percent of conventional spinach samples contained pesticide residues - and avocados and sweet corn to contain the least.

Spinach samples had, on average, nearly twice as much pesticide residue by weight compared to any other crop.

The organization cautions that a small portion of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the USA is produced from genetically modified seeds. Less than 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.

Additionally, no pesticide residues were found on more than 80 percent of pineapples, cabbages, onions, papayas and asparagus.

On the plus side, however, EWG also released its "Clean Fifteen" shopper's guide, showcasing the least contaminated produce on the market. The results are based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's test of 38,800 samples.

"With EWG's guide, consumers can fill their fridges and fruit bowls with plenty of healthy conventional and organic produce that isn't contaminated with multiple pesticide residues".

You can find the full Shoppers Guide to Pesticides and Produce and read the full report on EWG's website.

A report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has indicated that 70 percent of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain more than 230 pesticides. A study found an association between consuming high-pesticide-residue foods and fertility problems for both men and women.

The findings from the EARTH studies raise important questions about the safety of pesticide mixtures found on produce, and suggest that people should focus on eating the fruits and vegetables with the fewest pesticide residues.

If you take a more cautious approach to pesticides, but can't afford to shop exclusively organic, Lunder said choose conventional for those foods on the Clean Fifteen list. The rest of the top 5 dirty dozen.Spinach, Nectarines, Apples and grapes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was slated to ban all uses of chlorpyrifos on foods in early 2017.

According to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, some pesticides are linked to cancer and can damage the nervous and reproductive systems, depending on the dose. The residues are so low, in fact, that an independent toxicological report from Dr. Robert Krieger of the Personal Chemical Exposure Program, University of California, Riverside, found that a small child could eat 154 servings of apples every day without any impact from any residues that might be present.

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