The Newest ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Produce to Avoid

About 95% of nonorganic strawberries, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, collard and mustard greens, grapes, peaches, and pears tested by the U.S government are contaminated with pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2024 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce: The Dirty Dozen.

Rounding out the list are nectarines, apples, bell peppers, cherries, blueberries, and green beans, according to CNN. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental and advocacy organization, has been producing the annual report since 2004.

Pesticides have been linked to several health issues such as preterm births, congenital malformations, and increase in genetic damage. Exposure to pesticides has also been associated with lower sperm concentration, heart disease, cancer, and other disorders.

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