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Emma Olson

Joined: Feb 18, 2010
Posts: 155
The Dirty Dozen Organic Foods List

OK, so there are a few different opinions about foods that need to be on "irty Dozen" list. It seems, though, that no matter what list you read, the main culprits remain the same:

Bell peppers

Lists often vary to include the following:


The above fruits and vegetables are considered the "irty Dozen" because they have the tendency to retain a higher level of pesticides and herbicides used by farmers than other types of produce. But no matter where they are from, peaches are the worst culprit and number one on the "irty Dozen" list, with a FDA residual chemical rating of 100. This means, of all the produce on the list, peaches retain the highest amount of harmful residual chemicals. For the ratings of other produce on the "irty Dozen" list go here:

Of course, ideally you are buying everything local and organic, but not everyone can afford to do this, so this list is just of recommendations that are particularly important.

Does anyone have any other items on their personal "dirty dozen" list?

Robert Sunset

Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Posts: 133
I'd think broccoli and cauliflower would be more prone to trap in unwanted junk because of all the nooks and crannies.
paul wheaton

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
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Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
I once heard a corollary to this.  Apparently, pineapple doesn't take in much pesticide.  So if you visit a conventional pineapple farm in hawaii, it will reek of toxic gick:  they use more because they are allowed to.  They are allowed to because the plant takes up less.

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Rebecca Dane

Joined: Aug 31, 2010
Posts: 211
Location: Missoula Montana
I found a "new" dirty dozen list, in the July 2010 version of AcresUsa which also includes the "clean" 15 fruits and veggies which are lowest in pesticides and generally ok to eat non-organic. 

As a friend pointed out, because pineapple doesn't absorb pesticides as easily, it is deemed ok then to use more pesticides. 

Any thoughts or info on this?

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Rebecca Dane

Joined: Aug 31, 2010
Posts: 211
Location: Missoula Montana
the website address to the dirty dozen and clean 15 is;
Suzy Bean

Joined: Apr 05, 2011
Posts: 940
Location: Stevensville, MT
Paul, Ran Prieur, and Debra Berman talk about pesticides and different types of produce, like pineapple, in this podcast:
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