CNN: POTATOES IN PESTICIDE "DIRTY DOZEN"

Published online: Jun 21, 2010
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The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Dirty Dozen," which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides.

The group suggests limiting consumption of pesticides by purchasing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables.

The Dirty Dozen according to EWG
1.Celery
2.Peaches
3.Strawberries
4.Apples
5.Domestic blueberries
6.Nectarines
7.Sweet bell peppers
8.Spinach
9.Kale and collard greens
10.Cherries
11.Potatoes
12.Imported grapes

CNN also includes Lettuce in the top 12 by combining 8 and 9.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/01/dirty.dozen.produce.pesticide/index.html?hpt=C2

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