This one basket of strawberries contained 20 different pesticides

Strawberries Top EWG's'Dirty Dozen List Spinach Jumps to Second Spot

The amount of pesticides on conventionally grown pears have skyrocketed in recent years, putting this popular snack fruit back on EWG's Dirty Dozen™ list.

The AFF said the list's publication came in spite of fruit and vegetable consumption rates remaining low and studies showing consumers were less likely to purchase produce due to concerns over pesticide residues. EWG's annual update of its "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce" - which is based on an analysis of tests run by the US Department of Agriculture - found that the most contaminated sample of strawberries had a whopping 20 different pesticides. They discovered that strawberries have the highest concentration of pesticides.

EWG included strawberries, apples, cherries, table grapes, nectarines and peaches in its Dirty Dozen list. Strawberries contain the most pesticides, while sweet corn and avocados are almost clean, according to an annual report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

In 2016, spinach was ranked eighth, but the latest numbers from the USDA showed a sharp increase in pesticide residues on non-organic spinach since the crop was last tested eight years ago.

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If you're curious how the rest of the produce ranked, check out the full list of rankings here.

Researchers found 70 percent of the juicy red morsels have traces of pesticides. For a limited time only, you can get EWG's exclusive Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ bag tag with a donation of $15 or more!

Spinach made one of the more notable jumps on this year's list, moving from No. 8 to No. 2.

"The concern is that depending on the structure of the communication about pesticides and fruits and vegetables this could turn people away from wanting to purchase any fresh produce".

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The "Clean Fifteen", on the other hand, were: sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangos, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit.

More than 80% of pineapples, papaya, asparagus, onions and cabbage that were sampled showed no pesticide residue.

Lunder says it's particularly important to reduce young children and infant's exposure to pesticides, especially organophosphates, because even low levels of exposure to these chemicals can be harmful. They said that we don't have to stop eating these crops; we just need to eat organic products. They measure the levels of pesticides found in every crop.

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