The Environmental Working Group once again analyzed the pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration on 50 popular domestic and imported GMO produce items. Their finding once again showed the importance of avoiding GMO foods. However, before we dive into the specific findings lets look at the list for the 2015 “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” respectively.
The Dirty Dozen
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas (imported)
The Clean Fifteen
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Sweet Potatoes
As you may imagine from the name “Dirty Dozen”, it is a list of produce you want to avoid. They tested high for multiple pesticide residues and had higher concentrations of them. Conversely, the “Clean Fifteen” had relatively low pesticides on their list and lower concentrations of pesticides on them.
Here are the key findings about both groups:
The Dirty Dozen:
- 99% of apple samples, 98% of peaches and 97% of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
- The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
- A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
- Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides a piece.
The Clean Fifteen:
- Avocados were the cleanest: only 1% of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
- Around 89% of pineapples, 82% of kiwi, 80% of papaya, 88% of mangoes and 61% of cantaloupe had no residues.
- No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides.
- Multiple pesticide residues are extremely rare on Clean Fifteen™ vegetables. Only 5.5 percent of Clean Fifteen samples had two or more pesticides
Anyone that knows me or has read my Monsanto series, knows how I feel about the science (or lack there of) behind GMO which is clear reason to avoid GMO’s altogether. However, sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you have no option. If and when this happens you will want to stick with foods from the “Clean Fifteen” and avoid those found in the “Dirty Dozen”.