Non-organic hazards: pesticide levels in fruits & vegetables

Posted on May 12, 2009 under Food Safety | Be the First to Comment

Buying only organic and biological food is often hard if not impossible due to limited supply in certain areas. However, when occasionally opting for non-organic onions or kiwi, you are not actually risking much according to the Environmental Working Group which has published a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, a research of  non-organic fruits & veggies market in the US measuring the content of pesticide in conventional (chemical) foods.

Material below is reproduced under CC from EWG’s Food News. Visit the FoodNews site for more details on the research  methodology and background information.

The Full List: 47 Fruits & Veggies

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RANK FRUIT OR VEGGIE SCORE
1 (worst) Peach 100 (highest pesticide load)
2 Apple 93
3 Sweet Bell Pepper 83
4 Celery 82
5 Nectarine 81
6 Strawberries 80
7 Cherries 73
8 Kale 69
9 Lettuce 67
10 Grapes – Imported 66
11 Carrot 63
12 Pear 63
13 Collard Greens 60
14 Spinach 58
15 Potato 56
16 Green Beans 53
17 Summer Squash 53
18 Pepper 51
19 Cucumber 50
20 Raspberries 46
21 Grapes – Domestic 44
22 Plum 44
23 Orange 44
24 Cauliflower 39
25 Tangerine 37
26 Mushrooms 36
27 Banana 34
28 Winter Squash 34
29 Cantaloupe 33
30 Cranberries 33
31 Honeydew Melon 30
32 Grapefruit 29
33 Sweet Potato 29
34 Tomato 29
35 Broccoli 28
36 Watermelon 26
37 Papaya 20
38 Eggplant 20
39 Cabbage 17
40 Kiwi 13
41 Sweet Peas – Frozen 10
42 Asparagus 10
43 Mango 9
44 Pineapple 7
45 Sweet Corn – Frozen 2
46 Avocado 1
47 (best) Onion 1 (lowest pesticide load)

Note: EWG ranked a total of 47 different fruits and vegetables but grapes are listed twice because it looked at both domestic and imported samples.

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