Pesticides in our produce



Fugi apples?

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While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a list based on a 5 year analysis (completed in 2005), that shows which food consistently scored the highest in pesticide levels and toxicity and which scored the lowest.

Even though it is based on U.S. information, it is still relevant to Canadians as 80 percent of our produce is imported – where the majority of it comes from south of the border.

The Full List: 43 Fruits & Veggies


RANK


FRUIT OR VEGGIE


SCORE

1 (worst)

Peaches

100 (highest pesticide load)

2

Apples

96

3

Sweet Bell Peppers

86

4

Celery

85

5

Nectarines

84

6

Strawberries

83

7

Cherries

75

8

Lettuce

69

9

Grapes – Imported

68

10

Pears

65

11

Spinach

60

12

Potatoes

58

13

Carrots

57

14

Green Beans

55

15

Hot Peppers

53

16

Cucumbers

52

17

Raspberries

47

18

Plums

46

19

Oranges

46

20

Grapes-Domestic

46

21

Cauliflower

39

22

Tangerine

38

23

Mushrooms

37

24

Cantaloupe

34

25

Lemon

31

26

Honeydew Melon

31

27

Grapefruit

31

28

Winter Squash

31

29

Tomatoes

30

30

Sweet Potatoes

30

31

Watermelon

25

32

Blueberries

24

33

Papaya

21

34

Eggplant

19

35

Broccoli

18

36

Cabbage

17

37

Bananas

16

38

Kiwi

14

39

Asparagus

11

40

Sweet Peas-Frozen

11

41

Mango

9

42

Pineapples

7

43

Sweet Corn-Frozen

2

44

Avocado

1

45 (best)

Onions

1 (lowest pesticide load)

Note: We ranked a total of 44 different fruits and vegetables but
grapes are listed twice because we looked at both domestic and imported
samples.


View Full Data Set

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