Lindsay Robin Wellness and Empowerment

2014 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List


Are you trying to eat more organic but feel like it is breaking the bank? Not sure how to maximize the quality of your food with the least amount of time and effort? The dirty dozen/clean fifteen lists are a great place to start.

If you are not familiar with them, the Environmental Working group is devoted to informing people about their choices- to know what is in the food and home/body products they are buying and its relative safety rating. One of the services they share with the public is to do testing on all sorts of different produce items and rate them by levels of pesticides- both the quantity of different pesticides as well as the overall pesticide levels. The dirty dozen list represents the most contaminated (with pesticides) items and the clean fifteen list represents the least contaminated.

This is a great place for people to look when they are trying to decide where to invest their money- it is much more effective to buy organic apples than kiwis in terms of exposure to pesticides, that is if you can’t afford or aren’t ready to commit to buying everything organically grown.

It’s a good idea to print this out and keep it in your wallet, or download the EWG’s dirty dozen app so you can have it on you at all times!

2014 Dirty Dozen List
1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarines (Imported)
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas (Imported)
12. Potatoes
+ Hot Peppers
+ Kale/Collard Greens

2014 Clean 15 
It’s not all bad! These produce picks contained the lowest pesticide levels, both in quantity of pesticide types as well as quantity of pesticides themselves.

1. Avocados
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet Potatoes