Strawberries Top List of Pesticide Laden Fruit
August 20, 2016
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For the first time, strawberries top the 2016 list for containing the highest amount of pesticide residue among 50 popular fruits and vegetables. Single samples of strawberries showed 17 different pesticides. Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes pesticide residue data from the U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ranks the produce accordingly, popularly known as the “Dirty Dozen.”
Raspberries came in way down the list at No. 23. Imported blueberries scored better (No. 19) than domestic blueberries (No. 14), so it’s safer to buy the imported variety of this superfood.
Other key findings include:
More than 98 percent of strawberry samples, peaches, nectarines, and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce. A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides. Avocados are at the bottom of the list.
In California, where most domestic strawberries are grown, each acre is treated with 300 pounds of pesticides, according to EWG.