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How much pesticide is on/in
the food you eat?
 


There is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people, especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, shoppers are wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible.

The following table is compiled based on test results from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They tested the most common fruits and vegetables to come up with a list of the "dirtiest" as well as the "least dirty". When buying fresh produce, you may want to consider trying to buy organic with those that have the highest ranking.


Rank (worst to best)

Commodity

Combined Score

Percentage of Samples Tested with Detectable Pesticides

Percentage of Samples With Two or More Pesticides

Average Number of Pesticides Found on a Sample

Average Amount (in ppm*) of All Pesticides Found

Maximum Number of Pesticides Found on a Single Sample

Number of Pesticides Found on the Commodity in Total

1 Peaches 100 96.6% 86.6% 3.1 1.134 9 42
2 Apples 96 93.6% 82.3% 2.8 0.894 9 50
3 Sweet Bell Peppers 86 81.5% 62.2% 2.4 0.138 11 64
4 Celery 85 94.1% 79.8% 3.0 0.413 9 30
5 Nectarines 84 97.3% 85.3% 3.0 0.576 7 26
6 Strawberries 83 92.3% 69.2% 2.3 0.799 8 38
7 Cherries 75 91.4% 75.8% 2.8 0.290 7 25
8 Lettuce 69 68.2% 44.2% 1.7 0.142 9 57
9 Grapes - Imported 68 84.2% 53.2% 1.8 0.284 8 37
10 Pears 65 86.2% 45.7% 1.6 0.586 6 33
11 Spinach 60 70.0% 31.2% 1.1 1.240 6 24
12 Potatoes 58 81.0% 18.0% 1.0 1.655 4 18
13 Carrots 57 81.7% 48.3% 1.6 0.046 6 31
14 Green Beans 55 67.6% 42.0% 1.4 0.199 6 35
15 Hot Peppers 53 55.0% 27.5% 1.0 0.290 6 51
16 Cucumbers 52 72.5% 31.7% 1.2 0.057 6 40
17 Raspberries 47 47.9% 23.3% 0.9 0.906 6 21
18 Plums 46 74.0% 27.1% 1.1 0.666 4 15
19 Oranges 46 85.1% 34.6% 1.3 0.100 4 18
20 Grapes - Domestic 46 60.5% 23.4% 0.9 0.104 7 31
21 Cauliflower 39 84.6% 14.6% 1.0 0.004 5 15
22 Tangerines 38 66.7% 33.3% 1.2 0.375 3 4
23 Mushrooms 37 60.2% 22.3% 0.9 0.158 5 16
24 Cantaloupe 34 53.3% 19.4% 0.8 0.026 4 25
25 Lemon 31 55.6% 10.0% 0.7 0.188 5 10
26 Honeydew Melon 31 59.2% 14.2% 0.8 0.012 4 16
27 Grapefruit 31 62.9% 15.2% 0.8 0.056 4 9
28 Winter Squash 31 41.3% 11.6% 0.6 0.017 5 26
29 Tomatoes 30 46.9% 13.5% 0.6 0.029 5 16
30 Sweet Potatoes 30 58.4% 10.0% 0.7 0.198 3 17
31 Watermelons 25 38.5% 13.2% 0.6 0.021 4 13
32 Blueberries 24 27.5% 10.0% 0.4 0.327 4 11
33 Papaya 21 23.5% 5.0% 0.3 0.053 4 19
34 Eggplant 19 23.4% 6.9% 0.3 0.013 4 15
35 Broccoli 18 28.1% 3.2% 0.3 0.004 3 19
36 Cabbage 17 17.9% 4.8% 0.2 0.121 3 18
37 Bananas 16 41.7% 2.0% 0.4 0.029 2 7
38 Kiwi 14 15.3% 3.4% 0.2 0.160 3 8
39 Asparagus 11 6.7% 0.6% 0.1 0.026 2 19
40 Sweet Peas - Frozen 11 22.9% 2.3% 0.3 0.010 2 5
41 Mango 9 7.1% 0.5% 0.1 0.057 2 13
42 Pineapples 7 7.7% 0.6% 0.1 0.002 2 7
43 Sweet Corn - Frozen 2 3.8% 0.0% 0.0 0.005 1 3
44 Avocado 1 1.4% 0.0% 0.0 0.001 1 2
45 Onions 1 0.2% 0.0% 0.0 0.000 1 2




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