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Pesticide levels vary on different fruits and vegetables. Each year, the Environmental Working Group ranks 48 types of conventionally grown produce, based on thousands of samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Here are this year’s highlights.
The Dirty Dozen
Conventionally grown versions of these foods have the heaviest pesticide loads, which you can avoid by buying organic instead:
11. Sweet bell peppers
The Clean 15
A small amount of sweet corn and papayas may be genetically modified. Otherwise, these contain the lowest levels of pesticides:
1. Sweet corn
6. Sweet peas (frozen)
11. Honeydew melon
For a copy of EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, visit ewg.org/foodnews.