The Dirty Dozen

EWG's Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen Plus ListsEach year I check out the current list for the “Dirty Dozen & Clean 15” which rate the pesticide levels in fruits and vegetables. Although I do not eat 100% organic foods, I do only buy organic fruits and vegetables listed in the Dirty Dozen. It’s so much easier to eat organic in the summer when most my fresh vegetables come from my organic garden!  Regarding meat, I started eating only free range organic chicken and eggs years ago. Next on my list to eliminate from my diet, conventionally raised pork. I am not only concerned about the health aspects of the food I eat but also the treatment of the animals. One step at a time…….

EWG’s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Eat fruits and vegetables!

The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and choosing the least contaminated produce.

Read below to see the Environmental Working Group’s 2013 list.

The Dirty Dozen — 2013

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet bell peppers.

The Clean Fifteen, 2013

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes




  1. I think that’s a great strategy Anna, to purchase organic varieties of the items on the dirty list. I feel very blessed in being able to get a weekly delivery of CSA organic produce so I don’t have to do the supemarket hunt and shop anymore, but it’s really great so many more things are available these days as certified organic.

  2. This is a list that should be standard in everyone’s home! Thanks for posting!
    I am so blessed to be in the food awareness community.

  3. I must admit, Anna, I have never seen this list nor heard of the organization. Thank you for the introduction. I really love summer when we can eat from our garden and buy from the vendors in our farmers’ market. We know one of the local farmers who raises only organic. The list of requirements for them to abide is huge. And the inspection process is very strict. It certainly made be appreciate their produce more.

  4. I haven’t seen it either, Anna. Have you read The China Study? That book is my favorite book on nutrition. It’s a showstopper. I will definitely be checking out this list. Thanks!!

  5. I have a CSA too, Deborah! Go CSA!

  6. This is so helpful! Thank you for sharing.

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