The “Dirty Dozen” is a list published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) which ranks conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues. The list is compiled to help consumers make informed choices regarding exposure to potentially dangerous pesticides.
According to the EWG report: “Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they’re grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic. If you can’t buy organic, the Shopper’s Guide will steer you to conventionally grown produce that is the lowest in pesticides.”
Additionally, the EWG stresses the importance of reducing the exposure for children “Even low levels of pesticide exposure can be harmful to infants, babies and young children, so when possible, parents and caregivers should take steps to lower children’s exposures to pesticides while still feeding them diets rich in healthy fruits and vegetables”
The 2017 List:
– Sweet Bell Peppers
The original article and shoppers guide can be found here.