Strawberries Top ‘Dirty Dozen’ List for Pesticides

And the winner — or maybe we should say, loser — this year is … strawberries. For the first time in five years, the popular berry has ousted apples from the number one spot on the Environmental Working Group’s annual report of the produce with the most pesticide residue — aka “The Dirty Dozen.” The nonprofit group also included a “Clean 15” list of produce lowest in pesticides. After strawberries, apples are number two, followed by nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, …

Pesticides-in-Produce List: Sweet Corn vs. Peaches

The Environmental Working Group just released its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue, plus the “Clean 15” list of produce that is lowest in pesticides. Considering all the luscious summer produce showing up in the supermarket and farmers’ markets, we had to know: Are those fresh ears of super-sweet corn on this year’s pesticide list? What about the plump, juicy peaches we love? Or the overflowing pints of dusky blueberries? And the answer: Good …

‘Hall of Shame’: Unhealthy Cleaning Supplies (And Some Safer Ideas)

How about some spring cleaning of your spring cleaning supplies? The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy organization that publishes the annual “dirty dozen” list of foods highest in pesticide residue, is compiling information on the toxic chemicals in thousands of common household cleaners. The group’s aim is to help consumers judge the safety of various products, which can be difficult to do based on the vague (or missing) information on many product labels. So far the group’s Hall of Shame …