News Roundup: The Dirty Dozen

Earlier this week the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their annual “Dirty Dozen” list, which names the fruits and vegetables that rank the highest in pesticide residue.

This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles and blog posts related to the 2016 Dirty Dozen.

Strawberries Have the Most Pesticide Residues: Report. Time. “The report, compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is based on an analysis of tests of more than 35,000 samples of fruits and vegetables conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

New Fruit Tops “Dirty Dozen” list of most contaminated produce. CBS News. “Though some of the chemicals found on the strawberries are relatively benign, others have been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption, and neurological problems, the group reports.”

EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen List of Pesticides on Produce: Strawberries Most Contaminated, Apples Drop to Second. EWG. “Avocados, on the other hand, remained atop EWG’s Clean Fifteen™ list with less than one percent of samples showing any detectable pesticides. No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four types of pesticides, and very few for more than one.”

The 'Dirty Dozen': Group lists produce with the most pesticides. CNN. “While the pesticides in the USDA samples may be at a legal level, if you would like to avoid them, look for organic versions of these fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown organic products do 'expose consumers to fewer pesticides associated with human disease.'”