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What are the 10 above the dirty dozen and 15 below the clean dozen?

Asked by flo (12901points) 1 month ago

Feel free to post more reliable sources/links. I don’t know this site.
https://www.greenmatters.com/p/dirty-dozen-clean-15

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snowberry's avatar

I have had the dirty dozen app on my phone for many years, but now it’s not in the App Store. They’ve replaced it with a much more complex app that seems to have a lot of bugs.

The following is the complete list off of my old app, but I have no idea how current it is. You can’t even download it anymore. It is rated with the produce with the most pesticide residue first, and the least residue last.

1 strawberries
2 spinach
3 nectarines
4 apples
5 peaches
6 pears
7 cherries
8 grapes
9 celery
10 tomatoes
11 sweet bell peppers
12 potatoes
13 cucumbers
14 cherry tomatoes
15 lettuce
16 snap peas, imported
17 blueberries, domestic
18 hot peppers
19 kale/collards
20 blueberries, imported
21 green beans, domestic
22 plums
23 tangerines
24 raspberries
25 carrots
26 winter squash
27 oranges
28 summer squash
29 green beans, imported
30 snap peas, domestic
31 bananas
32 green onions
33 watermelon
34 mushrooms
35 sweet potatoes
36 broccoli
37 grapefruit
38 cauliflower
39 cantaloupe
40 kiwi
41 honeydew melon
42 eggplant
43 mangoes
44 papayas
45 asparagus
46 sweet peas, frozen
47 onions
48 cabbage
49 pineapples
50 avocados
51 corn

flo's avatar

Thanks @snowberry. Where did the app get it from by the way?
So, are the last 15 cleanest period , or are they the cleanest among the dirtiest 51?

37 grapefruit
38 cauliflower
39 cantaloupe
40 kiwi
41 honeydew melon
42 eggplant
43 mangoes
44 papayas
45 asparagus
46 sweet peas, frozen
47 onions
48 cabbage
49 pineapples
50 avocados
Is it the last 15 are cleanest among the dirtiest 51? But then there is:

https://www.produceretailer.com/article/news-article/2018-dirty-dozen-and-clean-15-lists-released

“Here are the items the EWG identified for its “Clean 15,” which report the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue.”

Avocados
Sweet Corn
Pineapples
Cabbages
Onions
Sweet Peas
Papayas
Asparagus
Mangoes
Eggplants
Honeydews
Kiwis
Cantaloupes
Cauliflower
Broccoli

It’s not exactly the same list, since for example, Broccoli is missing from one list and Asparagus is missing from the other one
I don’t know why both lists are not in the same order but it looks like it’s the cleanest 15 period, (the last 15 on your list)

flo's avatar

Oops I missed pasting 51th (corn) in the first list.

snowberry's avatar

The original app was put out by EWG, and they updated it every year, so your list is from a different year than mine. They have a new app now. Why don’t you ask them?

flo's avatar

@snowberry maybe I will.

flo's avatar

I just noticed that the lists just happen to be more or less in reverse order of each other.
And that Brocoli is missing from one and grapefruit is missing from the other.

flo's avatar

… in reverse order, so what does that mean?

snowberry's avatar

Pesticide use varies depending on what pests are attacking a particular crop. That depends on a variety of environmental conditions, including weather, latitude and elevation, soil composition, and nutrients among other things.

That means pesticide residue on a particular crop will vary from year to year. Their data was the result of average residue on produce sold in the US.

I really think you need to ask EWG for the details on your article, @flo

snowberry's avatar

Your source could have gotten the list wrong too. But the source they used was EWG

flo's avatar

I think they are referring to which fruits and vegetables are least likely to be affected by pesticides, in general, and not the particular year/s, since the article would have indicated that?

snowberry's avatar

Ask them.

flo's avatar

@snowberry I’m sure they would answer We would have indicated that if we were referring to a particular year.

snowberry's avatar

Well how would I know?

flo's avatar

@snowberry I’m looking at my last post. I didn’t pose a question.

flo's avatar

…And my post before last (same content) has a question mark but it’s more like a statement.
I appreciate the participation.

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