How to easily avoid and reduce pesticides in your food and body

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

We all want to eat healthy, but we should also be trying to reduce the amount of pesticides that can come with eating any kind of produce. An easy way to stay on top of this is by keeping up on the EWG's "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" lists. The USDA tests samples from US grocery stores and compiles all of their data here. Then the EWG takes that data and brings it to the public eye.


Click here to view their 2019 information and more details on their findings.


EWG's 2019 Dirty Dozen (found the highest levels of pesticide residues):

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Kale

4. Nectarines

5. Apple

6. Grapes

7. Peaches

8. Cherries

9. Pears

10. Tomatoes

11. Celery

12. Potatoes


Now, this doesn't mean you should stop eating the foods on the Dirty Dozen list, but I would try to buy organically grown, which in general show significantly less pesticide residues, if any. Another option is to buy microgreens from a grower you know does not use pesticides, or grow your own microgreens!


On the bright side of things, here is the good list!


EWG's 2019 Clean Fifteen (found the lowest levels of pesticide residues):

1. Avocados

2. Sweet Corn

3. Pineapples

4. Frozen sweet peas

5. Onions

6. Papayas

7. Eggplants

8. Asparagus

9. Kiwis

10. Cabbages

11. Cauliflower

12. Cantaloupes

13. Broccoli

14. Mushrooms

15. Honeydew Melons


Let's all try to be informed about what is in the grocery stores and what is done to our food before it gets to the grocery store. Share this with someone you think would like to be informed. I have left some more links below for anyone who wants to dig deeper into this subject.


This is a gold mine for pesticide information and everything about them you want to know from the EPA: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides


Here is an informational source regarding pesticides, their health risks, and more resources to check out: https://depts.washington.edu/ceeh/downloads/FF_Pesticides.pdf


If you wanna talk pesticides or gardening for food, comment below! I'm up for discussion and I would love to hear your opinion :)


Happy growing,

Gabby Waterman


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