Pesticide residue on produce

spraying-pesticidesList of the Produce in the U.S. with the Highest and Lowest Pesticide Residue

If you are slowly transitioning to organics, I believe it’s important for you to know which produce items have the highest and lowest pesticide residue.  So, if the budget only allows for a couple of organic items, and you consume produce from the highest list, I would suggest buying that item organically grown.

The list below is from the Environmental Working Group.

Produce with the Highest Pesticide Residue 2017

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potato
  • one extra – hot peppers

Produce with the Lowest Pesticide Residue 2017

  • Sweet Corn – Not Genetically Modified*
  • Avocados
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Sweet peas frozen
  • Papayas – Not Genetically Modified*
  • Asparagus
  • Mangos
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit

*Refer to the list of Genetically Modified foods on the resource page.