Strawberries Contain the Most Pesticide Residue of 50 Grocery Items
Environmental Working Group releases 'Dirty Dozen' pesticide report
“Americans eat nearly 8 pounds of fresh strawberries a year—and with them, dozens of pesticides, including chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive damage or are banned in Europe,” according to a statement by EWG’s Bill Walker and Sonya Lunder.
In California, where most domestic strawberries are grown, each acre is treated with 300 pounds of pesticides, according to EWG.
“Strawberries tested by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009 and 2014 bore an average of 5.75 different pesticides per sample, compared to 1.74 pesticides per sample for all other produce, according to a new EWG analysis,” the statement said.
USDA’s 2014 Findings for Strawberries
Almost all samples—98 percent—had detectable residues of at least one pesticide.
Some 40 percent had residues of 10 or more pesticides.
The dirtiest strawberry sample had residues of 17 different pesticides.
Strawberry growers used 60 different pesticides in various combinations.
Nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues, according to the EWG website.
EWG’s Full List for 2016
The items are listed from the highest amount of pesticide residue (strawberries) down to the lowest (avocados).
Sweet bell peppers
Snap peas (imported)
Kale and collard greens
Snap peas (domestic)
Sweet peas, frozen
Grow your own or purchase from local producers that you can ask about their growing practices!