A new dirty dozen

Apples take the top spot

June 15, 2011

The Environmental Working Group has released its 2011 Shopper's Guide, with a rejiggered lineup of the produce Dirty Dozen. Apples rolled to the top of the dirty list this year, with 98 percent sporting pesticide residues. New on the no-go list this year was cilantro, with some 44 percent of tested samples turning up unapproved pesticides. So go organic, at least for the grungiest produce. Want a copy of the latest list? Download it now.

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1. by Kim on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:15 PM PDT

Marion Nestle deconstructs this list over on The Atlantic. Worth reading until the end when she writes, “If ever there was a situation where more research was needed, this is it.”

2. by Caroline Cummins on Jun 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM PDT

Tom Philpott also has a shout-out for recognizing the health effects of all these pesticides on the farmworkers involved.

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