Food Pesticide Information (US) 2012


Environmental Working Group – EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the US Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.
Lower numbers = more pesticides.
1 Apples
2 Celery
3 Sweet bell peppers
4 Peaches
5 Strawberries
6 Nectarines – imported
7 Grapes
8 Spinach
9 Lettuce
10 Cucumbers
11 Blueberries – domestic
12 Potatoes
13 Kale/collard greens
14 Cherries
15 Hot peppers
16 Pears
17 Nectarines – domestic
18 Green beans
19 Plums – imported
20 Blueberries – imported
21 Carrots
22 Raspberries
23 Summer squash
24 Oranges
25 Broccoli
26 Green onions
27 Bananas
28 Honeydew melon
29 Tomatoes
30 Cantaloupe – imported
31 Cauliflower
32 Papaya
33 Plums – domestic
34 Winter squash
35 Mushrooms
36 Watermelon
37 Grapefruit
38 Sweet potatoes
39 Cantaloupe – domestic
40 Kiwi
41 Eggplant
42 Mangoes
43 Asparagus
44 Sweet peas – frozen
45 Cabbage
46 Avocado
47 Pineapples
48 Sweet Corn
49 Onions

Commodity crop corn used for animal feed is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Animal feed is often laced with antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. Residue from these chemicals may still be present in meat. The use of antibiotics in food production could contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dairy cows are also routinely fed hormones, antibiotics, and pesticide-covered grains, all of which can end up in your milk. The higher the fat level of the milk, the higher the level of pesticides.
Fat-soluble pesticides in chicken feed transfer to the egg yolks as well as the chicken tissues. New arsenic-based additives are still being used on chicken farms, though, and conventional chickens are still eating Roundup-ready corn and soy that̢۪s been dosed with the organoarsenic pesticide MSMA.
Non-organic peanut butters are high in pesticides and fungus and contain aflatoxin, a potential carcinogen. Babies are the most vulnerable to pesticides, but most baby foods test positive.
Note: Make sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them. Health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Organic food is grown without most conventional pesticides or petroleum or sewage sludge-based fertilizers but cost almost double in comparison to the conventional food.