GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. An environmental group recently released a report that has consumers’ attention. It’s called the “Dirty Dozen” and it gives produce buyers an idea of what foods have the most pesticides.
The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit focused on public health, based their list on pesticide reports from the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture.
The list is celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach cherries, potatoes, grapes and lettuce. Most of these fruits and vegetables are in the top 12 because their skin is softer and absorbs chemicals easily.