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“The Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” food lists

Each year the Environmental Working Group releases a list called “The Dirty Dozen”. This is a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated by pesticides. It makes sense to always buy organic when you shop for these foods.

The Dirty Dozen — 2013

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet bell peppers

They also release a list of conventionally grown fruits and veggies the EWG considers safe to buy even without an organic label.

The Clean Fifteen, 2013

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes

Since it can be hard to find everything organic, and sometimes cost prohibitive, I like to keep these lists handy while I shop for groceries. Below is a handy infographic, or if you prefer to print here’s the pdf, and they even have an iPhone app!

InfoGraphic of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Food Lists released for 2013 by the EWG

Greatist (one of my favorite blogs) has a more detailed article here:




By Kathy Casey




4 Responses to “The Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” food lists

  1. polopas cherry May 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Thank you a lot for sharing this.

  2. admin June 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I hope it helps!

  3. admin August 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm #



  1. Louis Vitkar - June 6, 2013

    Nice…thanks for this.

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