The Top Dirty Dozen Veggies and Fruits

Eating vegetables and fruits is one way of keeping healthy but according to the annual research of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, listed below are the top dirty dozen that you should clearly avoid. Each year USDA creates the list to highlight the amount of pesticides that are used in the production of fruit and vegetables and so you can have a choice in avoiding them in your diet.

Remember, these are fruit and veg taken from mass produced farms, not organic or natural farms. Pesticides are used to reduce the amount of unsellable crop and maximize profit. It is essential to know how healthy the ‘healthy’ food you eat actually is, and what motivates the farmer. General farmers produce crops for money, organic farmers produce the crops to help people be healthy and to preserve our earth’s resources. Organic fruit and veg can cost more, but considering to lowered risk and increased nutrition, any cost is negligible.

Here is this year’s list, and exactly which pesticides they were found to contain:

  1. Apple

For the fourth year in a row, apples have topped the list of most pesticide-laden produce. In the Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen list, 99 per cent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.

There are 47 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: six of them are known or probable carcinogens; 16 are suspected hormone disruptors; five are neurotoxins; six are developmental or reproductive toxins and 11 are honeybee toxins.
Pesticides How often is it found?
Diphenylamine (DPA) 82.8%
Thiabendazole 81.0%
Pyrimethanil 75.2%
Chlorantraniliprole 41.2%
Acetamiprid 28.7%
Imidacloprid 20.2%
Carbendazim (MBC) 17.3%
Tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI) 16.7%
Methoxyfenozide 15.9%
Fludioxonil 13.4%
Thiacloprid 12.7%
Boscalid 12.7%
Pyraclostrobin 11.8%
Phosmet 9.6%
Azinphos methyl 9.2%
Fenpyroximate 8.5%
Endosulfan II 8.1%
Myclobutanil 8.1%
Diazinon 6.5%
Trifloxystrobin 5.8%
Spinetoram 5.0%
Endosulfan I 4.3%
Etoxazole 3.3%
Pendimethalin 3.3%
Fenpropathrin 2.8%
Fenbuconazole 2.7%
Carbaryl 2.4%
Endosulfan sulfate 1.9%
Flonicamid 1.6%
Chlorpyrifos 1.6%
Cyhalothrin, Total (Cyhalothrin-L + R157836 epimer) 1.1%
Spinosad 0.9%
o-Phenylphenol 0.9%
Imazalil 0.5%
Chlorpropham 0.4%
Difenoconazole 0.3%
Permethrin cis 0.3%
Esfenvalerate+Fenvalerate Total 0.1%
Buprofezin 0.1%
Thiamethoxam 0.1%
Pyriproxyfen 0.1%
Tebuconazole 0.1%
Pronamide 0.1%
Methoxychlor olefin 0.1%
Dicofol p,p’ 0.1%
Permethrin trans 0.1%
DCPA 0.1%

 

  1. Strawberries

There are 45 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: six of them are known or probable carcinogens; 16 are suspected hormone disruptors; seven are neurotoxins; six are developmental or reproductive toxins and 12 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Diphenylamine (DPA) 82.8%
Thiabendazole 81.0%
Pyrimethanil 75.2%
Chlorantraniliprole 41.2%
Acetamiprid 28.7%
Imidacloprid 20.2%
Carbendazim (MBC) 17.3%
Tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI) 16.7%
Methoxyfenozide 15.9%
Fludioxonil 13.4%
Thiacloprid 12.7%
Boscalid 12.7%
Pyraclostrobin 11.8%
Phosmet 9.6%
Azinphos methyl 9.2%
Fenpyroximate 8.5%
Endosulfan II 8.1%
Myclobutanil 8.1%
Tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI) 55.3%
Pyraclostrobin 43.5%
Captan 42.6%
Fenhexamid 39.3%
Pyrimethanil 36.8%
Boscalid 36.3%
Fludioxonil 35.4%
Myclobutanil 29.8%
Cyprodinil 29.6%
Carbendazim (MBC) 28.8%
Bifenthrin 22.4%
Malathion 21.6%
Acetamiprid 20.5%
Bifenazate 14.2%
Quinoxyfen 13.9%
Imidacloprid 13.9%
Spiromesifen 12.5%
Spinosad A 11.3%
Triflumizole 10.9%
Azoxystrobin 10.4%
Methoxyfenozide 10.4%
Malaoxon 10.4%
Propiconazole 10.3%
Fenpropathrin 8.6%
Hexythiazox 7.4%
Dichlorvos (DDVP) 7.2%
Spinosad D 6.7%
Methomyl 6.7%
Thiamethoxam 6.2%
Propiconazole II 2.4%
Piperonyl butoxide 2.2%
Endosulfan sulfate 2.0%
Carbaryl 1.9%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 1.6%
Propiconazole I 1.4%
Trifloxystrobin 1.3%
Chlorpyrifos 1.3%
Pyriproxyfen 0.9%
Thiabendazole 0.8%
Endosulfan II 0.5%
Iprodione 0.5%
Endosulfan I 0.4%
Tebuconazole 0.1%
Oxamyl oxime 0.1%
Dimethoate 0.1%
  1. Grapes

There are 56 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: eight of them are known or probable carcinogens; 17 are suspected hormone disruptors; 10 are neurotoxins; four are developmental or reproductive toxins and 19 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Imidacloprid 48.0%
Boscalid 47.7%
Pyraclostrobin 46.5%
Myclobutanil 39.1%
Trifloxystrobin 33.4%
Tebuconazole 29.5%
Fenhexamid 24.3%
Cyprodinil 21.8%
Quinoxyfen 17.5%
Methoxyfenozide 14.8%
Pyrimethanil 13.5%
Iprodione 12.5%
Fludioxonil 10.0%
Buprofezin 6.6%
Fenpropathrin 4.9%
Azoxystrobin 4.7%
Kresoxim-methyl 4.6%
Spinosad A 4.2%
Difenoconazole 4.0%
Triflumizole 3.1%
Methamidophos 3.1%
Triadimenol 2.8%
Carbendazim (MBC) 2.7%
Clothianidin 2.7%
Methomyl 2.7%
Spirodiclofen 2.4%
Triadimefon 2.0%
Indoxacarb 1.8%
Bifenazate 1.6%
Acetamiprid 1.3%
Bifenthrin 1.3%
Spinosad D 1.2%
Thiamethoxam 1.1%
Chlorpyrifos 1.1%
Imidacloprid urea 0.8%
Captan 0.8%
Dicloran 0.8%
Hexythiazox 0.5%
Tebufenozide 0.5%
Pyridaben 0.4%
Omethoate 0.4%
Phosmet 0.4%
Carbaryl 0.4%
Azinphos methyl 0.4%
Emamectin benzoate 0.4%
Procymidone 0.3%
Thiacloprid 0.3%
Fenamiphos sulfoxide 0.3%
Cyhalothrin, Lambda 0.3%
Dinotefuran 0.1%
Famoxadone 0.1%
Cyfluthrin 0.1%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 0.1%
Fenarimol 0.1%
Aldicarb sulfoxide 0.1%
Aldicarb sulfone 0.1%

 

  1. Celery

There are 64 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: 10 of them are known or probable carcinogens; 27 are suspected hormone disruptors; 12 are neurotoxins; 12 are developmental or reproductive toxins and 16 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Chlorantraniliprole 100.0%
Spinosad 100.0%
Methoxyfenozide 50.0%
Permethrin trans 41.8%
Permethrin cis 39.0%
Dicloran 36.6%
Cyromazine 36.5%
Acephate 34.7%
Linuron 30.7%
Chlorothalonil 29.1%
Imidacloprid 27.5%
Acetamiprid 21.9%
Propiconazole 21.9%
Methamidophos 20.8%
Azoxystrobin 19.5%
Malathion 19.2%
Omethoate 17.2%
Oxamyl 16.2%
DDE p,p’ 14.0%
Flonicamid 13.0%
Pyraclostrobin 11.9%
Oxamyl oxime 11.7%
Propiconazole II 9.9%
Dimethoate 9.1%
DCPA 9.0%
Trifloxystrobin 7.4%
Propiconazole I 7.0%
Boscalid 6.4%
Dinotefuran 4.8%
Myclobutanil 4.6%
Pyrimethanil 3.8%
Methomyl 3.7%
Chlorpyrifos 3.3%
Trifluralin 3.0%
1-Naphthol 2.9%
Spinosad A 2.8%
Carbaryl 2.5%
Endosulfan I 2.0%
Endosulfan II 1.9%
Endosulfan sulfate 1.5%
Spinosad D 1.4%
Thiabendazole 1.4%
Metolachlor 1.4%
Cycloate 1.3%
Dimethomorph 1.2%
DDT p,p’ 1.1%
Cypermethrin 1.1%
Piperonyl butoxide 1.1%
Thiamethoxam 0.8%
Diazinon 0.8%
o-Phenylphenol 0.6%
Dieldrin 0.5%
Fenamidone 0.5%
Cyprodinil 0.5%
Fludioxonil 0.4%
Tebufenozide 0.4%
Carbendazim (MBC) 0.4%
Pronamide 0.4%
Iprodione 0.3%
Chlordane trans 0.3%
Pymetrozine 0.2%
DDT o,p’ 0.2%
Thiobencarb 0.1%
Chlorpropham 0.1%

 

  1. Peaches

There are 62 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: eight of them are known or probable carcinogens; 24 are suspected hormone disruptors; 12 are neurotoxins; nine are developmental or reproductive toxins and 20 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Fludioxonil 47.6%
Iprodione 31.1%
Phosmet 30.6%
Azinphos methyl 25.6%
Cyhalothrin, Lambda 22.9%
Spinosad A 19.4%
Formetanate hydrochloride 19.4%
Chlorpyrifos 17.1%
o-Phenylphenol 16.1%
Methoxyfenozide 15.0%
Boscalid 12.5%
Propiconazole 11.5%
Esfenvalerate+Fenvalerate Total 10.1%
Carbaryl 9.8%
Pyraclostrobin 9.4%
1-Naphthol 8.2%
Captan 7.8%
Propiconazole II 7.8%
Spinosad D 7.8%
Thiabendazole 7.5%
Propiconazole I 7.2%
Imidacloprid 6.8%
Tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI) 5.9%
Cyhalothrin, Total (Cyhalothrin-L + R157836 epimer) 5.1%
Cyfluthrin 5.0%
Fenbuconazole 5.0%
Tebuconazole 4.4%
Esfenvalerate 4.0%
Myclobutanil 3.9%
Clofentezine 2.8%
Pyrimethanil 2.2%
Diazinon 2.0%
Acetamiprid 1.6%
Endosulfan sulfate 1.5%
Endosulfan II 1.5%
Methamidophos 1.5%
Methomyl 1.5%
Permethrin trans 1.3%
Bifenazate 1.1%
Trifloxystrobin 1.1%
Azoxystrobin 1.1%
Endosulfan I 1.1%
Permethrin cis 1.1%
Diflubenzuron 1.0%
Imazalil 1.0%
Propargite 0.8%
Cypermethrin 0.8%
Phosalone 0.7%
Cyprodinil 0.6%
Famoxadone 0.6%
Chlorpropham 0.6%
Clothianidin 0.5%
Dicloran 0.5%
Pyridaben 0.3%
Thiamethoxam 0.3%
Dimethoate 0.3%
Parathion methyl 0.3%
Piperonyl butoxide 0.2%
Fenamiphos sulfoxide 0.2%
Pyriproxyfen 0.2%
Dicofol p,p’ 0.2%
Chlorothalonil 0.2%

 

  1. Spinach

There are 54 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: seven of them are known or probable carcinogens; 21 are suspected hormone disruptors; 11 are neurotoxins; seven are developmental or reproductive toxins and 20 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Permethrin Total 51.9%
Permethrin trans 50.7%
Permethrin cis 50.7%
Imidacloprid 42.7%
Spinosad A 35.4%
Spinosad D 25.3%
Cypermethrin 21.1%
DDE p,p’ 21.0%
Fenamidone 14.8%
Boscalid 12.7%
Pyraclostrobin 9.4%
Cyfluthrin 7.1%
Acetamiprid 6.0%
Azoxystrobin 5.6%
DDT p,p’ 4.8%
Methomyl 4.4%
Flonicamid 4.3%
Linuron 3.3%
Methoxyfenozide 3.1%
Omethoate 3.0%
Cyhalothrin, Lambda 2.9%
Chlorpyrifos 1.9%
Endosulfan sulfate 1.8%
Dimethomorph 1.7%
Clothianidin 1.2%
Indoxacarb 1.1%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 1.1%
Acephate 1.0%
Dimethoate 1.0%
Dicloran 1.0%
Famoxadone 1.0%
Cyhalothrin, epimer R157836 1.0%
Diflubenzuron 1.0%
DCPA 0.8%
Dinotefuran 0.5%
Bifenthrin 0.5%
Imiprothrin 0.5%
Methoxychlor p,p’ 0.5%
Spiromesifen 0.4%
Dichlorvos (DDVP) 0.3%
Tebufenozide 0.3%
Malathion 0.3%
Diazinon 0.3%
Pymetrozine 0.2%
Cyhalothrin, Total (Cyhalothrin-L + R157836 epimer) 0.2%
Chlorothalonil 0.2%
Quintozene (PCNB) 0.2%
Endosulfan I 0.1%
Oxydemeton methyl sulfone 0.1%
Thiamethoxam 0.1%
Tetramethrin 0.1%
Methamidophos 0.1%
Trifluralin 0.1%
Carbaryl 0.1%

 

  1. Sweet Bell Peppers

There are 53 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: three of them are known or probable carcinogens; 21 are suspected hormone disruptors; 10 are neurotoxins; six are developmental or reproductive toxins and 18 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Oxamyl oxime 37.0%
Thiamethoxam 33.2%
Imidacloprid 26.1%
Pyraclostrobin 21.7%
Boscalid 18.5%
Acetamiprid 17.9%
Myclobutanil 15.8%
Permethrin trans 14.7%
Permethrin cis 14.1%
Chlorpyrifos 13.0%
Azoxystrobin 12.0%
Bifenthrin 12.0%
Oxamyl 10.9%
Dinotefuran 8.7%
Methoxyfenozide 8.2%
Endosulfan sulfate 8.2%
Endosulfan II 7.1%
Cyhalothrin, Total (Cyhalothrin-L + R157836 epimer) 6.5%
Dimethoate 6.5%
Methamidophos 6.0%
Endosulfan I 5.4%
Omethoate 5.4%
Pyriproxyfen 4.9%
Difenoconazole 4.3%
Chlorfenapyr 4.3%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 4.3%
Cypermethrin 4.3%
Dicofol p,p’ 4.3%
Dicofol o,p’ 4.3%
Acephate 4.3%
Methomyl 4.3%
Carbaryl 4.3%
Piperonyl butoxide 4.3%
Trifloxystrobin 3.8%
Famoxadone 3.3%
Clothianidin 2.7%
Buprofezin 1.6%
Tebufenozide 1.6%
Tebuconazole 1.6%
Indoxacarb 1.1%
o-Phenylphenol 1.1%
Malathion 1.1%
Fenhexamid 0.5%
Fludioxonil 0.5%
Cyprodinil 0.5%
Pyrimethanil 0.5%
Pymetrozine 0.5%
Spinosad A 0.5%
Fenpropathrin 0.5%
Cyfluthrin 0.5%
Esfenvalerate 0.5%
Carbendazim (MBC) 0.5%
Diazinon 0.5%

 

  1. Nectarines – Imported

There are 33 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: five of them are known or probable carcinogens; 17 are suspected hormone disruptors; nine are neurotoxins; six are developmental or reproductive toxins and 10 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Formetanate hydrochloride 53.2%
Fludioxonil 43.4%
Phosmet 32.3%
Iprodione 31.9%
Azinphos methyl 22.7%
Fenhexamid 16.5%
Chlorpyrifos 10.0%
Propiconazole 8.6%
Trifloxystrobin 3.9%
Carbaryl 3.1%
Cyprodinil 1.6%
Methomyl 1.6%
o-Phenylphenol 1.3%
Pyraclostrobin 1.2%
Pyrimethanil 1.2%
Tebuconazole 0.9%
Captan 0.9%
Endosulfan II 0.6%
Propargite 0.6%
Azoxystrobin 0.4%
Diazinon 0.4%
Endosulfan sulfate 0.3%
Myclobutanil 0.3%
Acephate 0.3%
Methamidophos 0.3%
Cyhalothrin, epimer R157836 0.1%
Cyhalothrin, Lambda 0.1%
Cyfluthrin 0.1%
Esfenvalerate 0.1%
Triadimenol 0.1%
Dicofol p,p’ 0.1%
Permethrin trans 0.1%
Permethrin cis 0.1%

 

  1. Cucumbers

There are 86 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: 10 of them are known or probable carcinogens; 32 are suspected hormone disruptors; 17 are neurotoxins; 10 are developmental or reproductive toxins and 24 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Propamocarb hydrochloride 54.9%
Endosulfan sulfate 38.1%
Endosulfan I 32.7%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 30.5%
Oxamyl oxime 28.7%
Endosulfan II 25.4%
Carbendazim (MBC) 20.9%
Thiamethoxam 15.0%
Oxamyl 13.9%
Boscalid 10.2%
Azoxystrobin 9.6%
Bifenthrin 9.0%
Dimethomorph 8.9%
Myclobutanil 7.9%
Cyromazine 7.4%
Flonicamid 6.8%
Dieldrin 5.8%
Pyraclostrobin 5.6%
Acetamiprid 5.3%
Dinotefuran 5.3%
Famoxadone 4.8%
Methoxyfenozide 3.8%
Chlorfenapyr 3.6%
Imidacloprid 3.3%
Methamidophos 3.3%
Chlorpyrifos 3.3%
Chlorantraniliprole 2.7%
DDT o,p’ 2.7%
Pyrimethanil 2.4%
Methomyl 2.2%
o-Phenylphenol 1.8%
Clothianidin 1.7%
Spinosad A 1.7%
Chlordane cis 1.7%
Mandipropamide 1.6%
Fenamidone 1.5%
Dicofol p,p’ 1.3%
Dicofol o,p’ 1.1%
Permethrin cis 1.0%
Cyhalothrin, Lambda 0.8%
Fenamiphos sulfoxide 0.8%
Chlordane trans 0.8%
Carbaryl 0.8%
Tebuconazole 0.7%
Fenamiphos sulfone 0.7%
Acephate 0.7%
Dimethoate 0.7%
Thiabendazole 0.7%
Spinosad 0.6%
Cyprodinil 0.6%
Spiromesifen 0.6%
Spinosad D 0.6%
Trifloxystrobin 0.6%
Fenpropathrin 0.6%
Quintozene (PCNB) 0.6%
Omethoate 0.6%
Cyhalothrin, Total (Cyhalothrin-L + R157836 epimer) 0.5%
Fludioxonil 0.4%
Metolachlor 0.4%
Diphenylamine (DPA) 0.4%
Bifenazate 0.3%
Triflumizole 0.3%
1-Naphthol 0.3%
Difenoconazole 0.3%
Buprofezin 0.3%
Tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI) 0.3%
Dichlorvos (DDVP) 0.3%
Atrazine 0.3%
Oxydemeton methyl sulfone 0.3%
Diazinon 0.3%
Spiromesifen Total (parent + enol metabolite) 0.3%
Pymetrozine 0.3%
Profenofos 0.3%
Quinoxyfen 0.1%
Iprodione 0.1%
Triadimefon 0.1%
Cypermethrin 0.1%
Pirimicarb 0.1%
Fenamiphos 0.1%
Permethrin trans 0.1%
Carbofuran 0.1%
Dicloran 0.1%
Heptachlor epoxide 0.1%
Chlorpropham 0.1%
Piperonyl butoxide 0.1%
Endrin 0.1%

 

  1. Cherry Tomatoes

There are 69 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: two of them are known or probable carcinogens; 20 are suspected hormone disruptors; nine are neurotoxins; five are developmental or reproductive toxins and 22 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Bifenthrin 24.8%
Pyraclostrobin 23.2%
Imidacloprid 21.8%
Boscalid 21.7%
Difenoconazole 19.6%
Chlorantraniliprole 18.3%
Azoxystrobin 14.3%
Clothianidin 13.8%
Flonicamid 13.4%
Myclobutanil 12.7%
Mandipropamide 11.2%
Endosulfan sulfate 9.4%
Endosulfan I 8.3%
Endosulfan II 7.9%
Trifloxystrobin 7.6%
Propamocarb hydrochloride 7.2%
Buprofezin 7.1%
Fenpyroximate 6.9%
Dinotefuran 5.0%
Acetamiprid 4.9%
Pyrimethanil 4.4%
Indoxacarb 4.1%
Cyazofamid 3.7%
Deltamethrin (includes parent Tralomethrin) 3.5%
Pymetrozine 3.4%
Spiromesifen 3.3%
Malathion 3.1%
Thiamethoxam 3.0%
Fenpropathrin 2.7%
Cypermethrin 2.6%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 2.6%
Omethoate 2.2%
Esfenvalerate+Fenvalerate Total 1.6%
Bifenazate 1.5%
Chlorfenapyr 1.5%
Cyhalothrin, Lambda 1.5%
Dicofol p,p’ 1.5%
Cyromazine 1.2%
Famoxadone 1.2%
Permethrin cis 1.1%
Pyriproxyfen 1.0%
Cyprodinil 1.0%
Tebuconazole 1.0%
Fludioxonil 0.8%
Flubendiamide 0.8%
Permethrin trans 0.8%
Chlorpyrifos 0.8%
Fenhexamid 0.7%
Fluopicolide 0.7%
Piperonyl butoxide 0.7%
Dimethoate 0.5%
Dimethomorph 0.4%
Zoxamide 0.4%
Spirotetramat 0.4%
Methoxyfenozide 0.4%
Azinphos methyl oxygen analog 0.4%
Tralomethrin 0.4%
Fluoxastrobin 0.3%
Methamidophos 0.3%
Methomyl 0.3%
Diazinon 0.3%
Quintozene (PCNB) 0.1%
Etoxazole 0.1%
Spinosad 0.1%
Cyfluthrin 0.1%
1-Naphthol 0.1%
Pentachloroaniline (PCA) 0.1%
Dicloran 0.1%
Carbaryl 0.1%

 

  1. Snap Peas – Imported

There are 78 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: five of them are known or probable carcinogens; 28 are suspected hormone disruptors; 13 are neurotoxins; 12 are developmental or reproductive toxins and 25 are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Dimethoate 24.2%
Carbendazim (MBC) 23.5%
Omethoate 18.0%
Cyhalothrin, Total (Cyhalothrin-L + R157836 epimer) 13.4%
Difenoconazole 13.1%
Azoxystrobin 13.1%
Tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI) 11.8%
Tebuconazole 11.3%
Cypermethrin 8.9%
Malathion 7.1%
Profenofos 6.8%
Endosulfan sulfate 6.3%
Spinetoram 5.5%
Imidacloprid 5.5%
Endosulfan II 3.7%
Iprodione 3.7%
Spinosad 3.3%
Propamocarb hydrochloride 3.3%
Methomyl 3.1%
Piperonyl butoxide 3.1%
Boscalid 3.0%
Spinosad A 3.0%
Triadimenol 3.0%
Cyromazine 2.9%
Permethrin cis 2.9%
Chlorpyrifos 2.7%
Pyraclostrobin 2.6%
Thiacloprid 2.3%
Chlorantraniliprole 2.3%
Deltamethrin (includes parent Tralomethrin) 2.3%
Esfenvalerate+Fenvalerate Total 2.2%
Spirotetramat 2.2%
Permethrin trans 2.1%
Thiamethoxam 1.9%
DCPA 1.9%
Spinosad D 1.9%
Sethoxydim sulfoxide 1.7%
Pyrimethanil 1.6%
Cyfluthrin 1.5%
Bifenthrin 1.4%
Chlorpropham 1.4%
Fluopicolide 1.4%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 1.3%
Acetamiprid 1.1%
Spiromesifen 1.1%
Methamidophos 1.0%
Endrin 0.8%
Avermectin 0.8%
Methoxyfenozide 0.7%
Endosulfan I 0.7%
Thiabendazole 0.7%
Trifloxystrobin 0.5%
Dimethomorph 0.5%
Acephate 0.5%
Parathion methyl 0.5%
Bifenazate 0.5%
Flubendiamide 0.5%
Mandipropamide 0.4%
Linuron 0.4%
Clethodim sulfoxide 0.4%
Clethodim sulfone 0.4%
Fenhexamid 0.3%
Emamectin benzoate 0.3%
Spiromesifen Total (parent + enol metabolite) 0.3%
Fipronil 0.3%
Buprofezin 0.3%
Myclobutanil 0.3%
Oxamyl 0.3%
Prometryn 0.3%
Metribuzin 0.3%
Diazinon 0.3%
Cyprodinil 0.3%
Triflumizole 0.3%
Etoxazole 0.1%
Fenamidone 0.1%
Phorate sulfoxide 0.1%
Carbaryl 0.1%
Diuron 0.1%

 

  1. Potatoes

There are 35 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: six of them are known or probable carcinogens; 12 are suspected hormone disruptors; seven are neurotoxins; six are developmental or reproductive toxins and nine are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Chlorpropham 80.2%
Imidacloprid 25.5%
Flutolanil 11.1%
Azoxystrobin 8.1%
Thiabendazole 8.0%
Boscalid 7.8%
Thiamethoxam 7.4%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 5.3%
Endosulfan sulfate 5.1%
Pentachloroaniline (PCA) 5.1%
Pentachlorobenzene (PCB) 4.6%
Aldicarb sulfoxide 4.2%
Pentachlorophenyl methyl sulfide 4.0%
Clothianidin 3.2%
Aldicarb sulfone 2.7%
Phorate sulfoxide 1.3%
Dieldrin 1.3%
Quintozene (PCNB) 1.2%
DDE p,p’ 0.9%
Phorate sulfone 0.8%
Metribuzin 0.8%
DDT p,p’ 0.6%
Tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI) 0.6%
Trifluralin 0.5%
Fluridone 0.4%
Heptachlor epoxide 0.4%
Oxamyl oxime 0.3%
Endosulfan II 0.3%
Oxamyl 0.3%
Buprofezin 0.1%
Bifenthrin 0.1%
Metolachlor 0.1%
Chlordane cis 0.1%
Methamidophos 0.1%
Carbaryl 0.1%

 

 

Pesticide use and the prevalence of GMO modified seeds and saplings are two reasons you need to switch your fresh grocery produce to organic purchases. The amounts may seem negligible but some toxins do not take long to build up and start to have harmful effects on the body.

One of the best ways to make sure the produce you eat is organic is to grow your own. It takes a little time to grow wonderful fruit and veg, and a bit of trial and error, but the outcome is 100% healthy food that you can trust to give your body all the nutrients you need – without a cost your health.

 

Resources:

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php

http://calgary.isgreen.ca/food-and-drink/supplements/dietary-supplements-know-what-you-need/

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