the best ways to minimize your exposure to pesticides and produce is to
buy products that are grown organically, without the use of chemicals. You
won’t be alone. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of
organic foods topped $9.3 billion in 2002 (up 25% from 2001)
and should reach $20 billion by 2005. In addition to reducing the risk of your
family ingesting toxins, the environmental state of our planet is improved
as we rely less on chemically-grown foods.
However, depending on
your circumstances and location, organic food products might not be
affordable or readily available.
To help you get started
on the right path, we include some information below on the fruits and
vegetables that tend to be the most contaminated, followed by those that
are least contaminated (Based on analysis of USDA inspection data by
Environmental Working Group (EWG) to determine which fruits and vegetables have
the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residue). This doesn’t mean
that you have to completely avoid such products, but you should know going
into the store where the risks might be.
Fruits and Vegetables Posing Pesticide Concerns...
Produce to "Keep
Your Eye On"
Produce With "The Right Stuff"
On the other hand, there are many foods that tend to be low in pesticide residue. EWG analysis of the latest
government test results shows that the following fruits and vegetables have the least pesticide contamination
among conventionally-grown foods:
For more information, visit EWG's Web site at
Produce to Put In Your Cart