Earth Day Pesticide Roundup

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In honor of Earth Day, I'm here reproducing the Environmental Working Group's list of the fruits and veg that contain the most pesticides. Folks, I know it's fiendishly expensive, but you really should be trying to buy organic when it comes to the worst offenders (peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries and cherries): It might save you in chemo bills later.

But don't stop with this list: Visit their excellent web site for more ways to get Earth-friendly. She's the only mother we've got!

These are ranked from foods with the highest pesticide load to those with the lowest, beginning with: 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)

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