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New Dirty Dozen List Released

While regulators and scientists continue to debate pesticide safety, a 2012 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds us that children are particularly susceptible to the impacts of pesticide exposure, including an increased risk of pediatric cancers and behavioral problems, along with trouble learning. Pesticide exposure has also been linked to all sorts of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer, among others. So this time of year, when eating raw comes back into vogue for the summer months, the annual list issued by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that draws attention to the pesticide load in fruits and vegetables is a must read.

The list highlights the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. Conventionally grown food, like apples and potatoes are tested as high for pesticide If possible go organic with these foods or wash fruit and veggies thoroughly, using several inexpensive products that can be found in the home.

The scientists at EWG focused on 48 popular fruits and vegetables and based their rankings on an analysis of 32,000 samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It's noteworthy.

2014 Dirty Dozen Plus
Apples, the fresh fruit icon once again topped The EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce report, making it the fourth year in a row earned the unfavorable spot. Kale, collard greens, and hot peppers are frequently contaminated with insecticides that can be particular toxic to human health, prompting their "Dirty Dozen Plus" status.

1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarines (Imported)
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas (Imported)
12. Potatoes
+ Hot Peppers
+ Kale/Collard Greens

The Good News - 2014 Clean 15

Contains the lowest pesticide levels.
1. Avocados
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet Potatoes

Other Important Findings

• Every sample of imported nectarine samples tested and 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
• The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
• A single grape tested positive for 15 pesticides.
• Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and strawberries tested positive for 13 different pesticides apiece.
• Only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
• 89 percent of pineapples, 82 percent of kiwi, 80 percent of papayas, 88 percent of mango, and 61 percent of cantaloupe had no residues.