EWG’s new list of “Dirty Dozen”

Environmental Working Group (EWG) The Dirty Dozen™ List of Fruits and Veggies

This year’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ is full of alarming facts. But this year’s biggest shock isn’t on the Dirty Dozen™ list.

Raisins didn’t qualify for the Dirty Dozen, since we don’t include processed foods in the list, but if they did, they would top the list by a mile. Ninety-nine percent of conventional raisins tested positive for at least two pesticides, including some that can harm kids’ developing brains! American kids under 15 eat about 208 million pounds of raisins each year.

Pesticides on raisins

Eighty-four percent of raisins tested positive for at least one neonic. Neonics are infamous for their link to rapidly declining bee populations, but emerging research suggests these pesticides may also harm kids’ developing brains.

The EPA is asking you to weigh in, but we only have until April 4 to submit comments. Can we count on you to sign EWG’s petition urging the EPA to BAN neonics?

Tell the EPA to ban neonics

Strawberries are once again at the top of this year’s Dirty Dozen list, taking first place for produce with the highest levels of pesticide residues. Ninety-nine percent of strawberries have pesticide residues, and we found up to 22 different pesticides on a single strawberry!

Learn more about conventional strawberries below:

Pesticides on strawberries

Despite its rise in health popularity, the “superfood” kale is among the most contaminated fruits and vegetables on this year’s Dirty Dozen list. Nearly 60 percent of kale samples sold in the U.S. tested positive for dacthal, a possibly cancer-causing pesticide prohibited in Europe that can also harm the lungs, liver, kidney and thyroid.

Dachtal found on 60% of kale

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