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Is there an open ended list, or at least a much longer list similar to the "Dirty Dozen"?

Asked by flo (7569 points ) June 26th, 2012

Re. the pesticides on food, there is the 12 or 15 top or bottom list. Do you know of a longer list?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Here’s the Dirty Dozen for 2012 that @flo is talking about.

Dirtiest foods (Foods best purchased as organic):
Celery
Sweet bell peppers
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines (imported)
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Blueberries (domestic)
Potatoes
PLUS: Green beans & Kale (due to insecticide usage)

BTW: Cilantro usally comes in right after these^^^ as 13th.

Clean 15 (those you don’t need to buy organic if you can’t afford to):
Onions
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Avocado
Cabbage
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Mangoes
Eggplant
Kiwi
Cantaloupe (domestic)
Sweet potatoes
Grapefruit
Watermelon
Mushrooms

@flo I don’t know of a longer list than the dirty/clean yearly lists. However, from the books I’ve read, my recommendation is to buy as many of the greens you eat in the organic section, or to grow them yourself. Citrus & melons we buy conventional.

zenvelo's avatar

Apples are usually in one of the tops on the dirty list; the apple skin is semi-permeable.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Yep @zenvelo for some reason when I copied that list above apples didn’t carry over. Apples are the worst of the worst again this year. They’re also the worst in baby food.

gorillapaws's avatar

@zenvelo I’ve also heard that apple’s have the pesticides waxed into them (to make them shiny) which means washing them is ineffective. This could be wrong, it’s just something I’ve been told.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@gorillapaws You are correct. Most apples in grocery stores have been waxed. Even if the wax wasn’t there, due to the permeable skin, some of the pesticides are in the meat of the apple. They aren’t just sitting on the skin.

flo's avatar

I found the following list (helpful that they numbered them) here:
http://www.healthyreader.com/12-most-contaminated-fruits-and-vegetables/
1.Apples
2.Celery
3.Strawberries
4.Peaches
5.Spinach
6.Nectarines– imported
7.Grapes – imported
8.Sweet bell peppers
9.Potatoes
10.Blueberries– domestic
11.Lettuce
12.Kale/collard greens
The Clean 15 – Lowest in Pesticide
1.Onions
2.Sweet Corn
3.Pineapples
4.Avocado
5.Asparagus
6.Sweet peas
7.Mangoes
8.Eggplant
9.Cantaloupe- domestic
10.Kiwi
11.Cabbage
12.Watermelon
13.Sweet potatoes
14.Grapefruit
15.Mushrooms

PBS

•celery
•peaches
•strawberries
•apples
•domestic blueberries
•nectarines
•sweet bell peppers
•spinach, kale and collard greens
•cherries
•potatoes
•imported grapes
•lettuce
All the produce on “The Clean 15” bore little to no traces of pesticides, and is safe to consume in non-organic form. This list includes:

•onions
•avocados
•sweet corn
•pineapples
•mango
•sweet peas
•asparagus
•kiwi fruit
•cabbage
•eggplant
•cantaloupe
•watermelon
•grapefruit
•sweet potatoes
•sweet onions

ADDED: which list do you find most reliable, and why?

flo's avatar

Dirtiest foods (Foods best purchased as organic): Celery Sweet bell peppers Peaches Strawberries Nectarines (imported) Grapes Spinach Lettuce Cucumbers Blueberries (domestic) Potatoes PLUS: Green beans & Kale (due to insecticide usage) BTW: Cilantro usally comes in right after these^^^ as 13th. Clean 15 (those you don’t need to buy organic if you can’t afford to): Onions Sweet corn Pineapples Avocado Cabbage Sweet peas Asparagus Mangoes Eggplant Kiwi Cantaloupe (domestic) Sweet potatoes Grapefruit Watermelon Mushrooms

SpatzieLover's avatar

ADDED: which list do you find most reliable, and why?

@flo This list changes annually based on the current industry pesticide/insecticide practices. If you are concerned with how your food is being grown, buy as local as you can afford to.

Ideally, go to a local Farmer’s Market and ask the farmers directly if they use pesticides or insecticides. Many farmers cannot afford organic certification, but do grow using organic practices.

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