The 2021 guide is here! Guess who made #1 once again? Yep, strawberries.
Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests over 50 fruits and vegetables and ranks them by the total number of pesticides detected on the crop and the percentage of samples tested with detectable pesticides. Every spring, the EWG releases their new list of the most and least contaminated produce to help consumers make informed choices.
In 2020, we saw kale and spinach at the top of the dirty list, but this year, unfortunately, a few more greens were added as well. Strawberries, a highly sprayed crop, has, unfortunately, been in the #1 position for several years.
If you care about staying healthy but need to stay on a tight budget, this list makes it affordable to make the good choices. Thanks to the EWG, you don’t have to buy all organic produce to reduce your risk for chemical contamination.
- The Dirty Dozen ™ are EWG’s 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables on the list.
- The Clean Fifteen™ are EWG’s 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables on the list.