The dirty dozen

The Environmental Working Group releases annual list of produce with highest levels of pesticide residue

Each year, the Environmental Working Group publishes a Dirty Dozen list of produce containing the highest amount of pesticides. The group analyzed U.S. Department of Agriculture data, finding that nearly 70 percent of more than 35,000 samples of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with residue from pesticides (which means wash before you eat!). Here are the worst offenders:

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Nectarines

4. Apples

5. Peaches

6. Pears

7. Cherries

8. Grapes

9. Celery

10. Tomatoes

11. Sweet bell peppers

12. Potatoes