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Produce Report Card
By Dr. Alan Greene
 

Do you want to reduce pesticides on your plate? It can help to know which conventionally grown fruits and vegetables tend to have the highest and lowest levels of pesticides. This table is based on the results of nearly forty-three thousand tests for pesticides on produce collected by the USDA and the FDA between 2000 and 2004. Items are ranked from worst (highest pesticide load) to best (lowest pesticide load).

Source: Environmental Working Group at http://www.foodnews.org.

 

Rank Fruit or Vegetable Score
1 Peaches 100
2 Apples 89
3 Sweet bell peppers 86
4 Celery 85
5 Nectarines 84
6 Strawberries 82
7 Cherries 75
8 Pears 65
9 Grapes, imported 65
10 Spinach 60
11 Lettuce 59
12 Potatoes 58
13 Carrots 57
14 Green beans 53
15 Hot peppers 53
16 Cucumbers 52
17 Raspberries 47
18 Plums 45
19 Grapes, domestic 43
20 Oranges 42
21 Grapefruit 40
22 Tangerine 38
23 Mushrooms 37
24 Cantaloupe 34
25 Honeydew melon 31
26 Tomatoes 30
27 Sweet potatoes 30
28 Watermelon 28
29 Winter squash 27
30 Cauliflower 27
31 Blueberries 24
32 Papaya 21
33 Broccoli 18
34 Cabbage 17
35 Bananas 16
36 Kiwi 14
37 Sweet peas, frozen 11
38 Asparagus 11
39 Pineapples 7
40 Winter squash 27
41 Sweet corn, frozen 2
42 Avocado 1
43 Onions 1

 

 
 

 

 
 
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