Dirty foods pesticides


  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn*
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Papaya*
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Asparagus
  8. Honeydew melon
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Mushrooms
  12. Mangoes
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Watermelon
  15. Carrots

Note: “A small amount of sweet corn, papaya, and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds,” writes EWG. “Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.”


The Dirty Dozen

These are the 12 fruits and vegetables that contained the highest amounts of pesticide residues. EWG recommends buying organic versions of these products when possible. (Treehugger also advises checking in with vendors at your local farmers market—often times their produce may not be certified organic but is still grown with no or minimal pesticide use.)

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale, collard & mustard greens
  4. Peaches
  5. Pears
  6. Nectarines
  7. Apples
  8. Grapes
  9. Bell & hot Peppers
  10. Cherries
  11. Blueberries
  12. Green Beans