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Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests pesticide residue levels on conventionally grown produce and publishes the results in the handy Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce—more commonly known as the Dirty 12 and Clean 15 lists.
The Dirty 12 are the produce items that contain the highest levels of post-harvest pesticide residue; conversely, the Clean 15 contain the lowest levels.
Appearing on the Dirty 12 list for the first time: pears. Luckily for us, the Farmer Direct pears we get from orchards in Eastern Washington are organic. We do carry a few select varieties of non-organic pears from local growers such as BelleWood Acres.
Additionally, EWG notes that “a small amount of sweet corn, papaya, and summer squash sold in the U.S. is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.”
the Co-op deli has made a commitment to never use any produce item on the Dirty 12 list
As a reminder, the Co-op deli has made a commitment to never use any produce item on the Dirty 12 list in any of our housemade deli food unless it is certified organic. Thanks, deli cooks, for keeping it organic and healthy in the Co-op kitchens!
Learn more about the issues associated with pesticides and see a comprehensive list of test results at the EWG website.
The 2017 Dirty 12 / Clean 15 Lists
The Dirty 12 are the produce items that contain the highest levels of post-harvest pesticide residue. Buy organic whenever possible!
The Clean 15 are the produce items that contain the lowest levels of post-harvest pesticide residue. If you cannot find organic, these pose the lowest risk of contamination.