EWG’s Dirty DozenThe Environmental Working Group (“EWG”) analyzed USDA pesticide residue data (testing for 225 different chemicals) and found that almost 70% of non-organic produce sampled tested positive for pesticide contamination.

  • More than 90% of samples of non-organic strawberries, apples, cherries, spinach, nectarines and kale tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides.

EWG’s 2019 Dirty Dozen List: foods you should always purchase ORGANIC

  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale

  4. Nectarines

  5. Apples

  6. Grapes

  7. Peaches

  8. Cherries

  9. Pears

  10. Tomatoes

  11. Celery

  12. Potatoes

EWG’s Clean 15 The Clean 15 list includes produce that is least likely to be contaminated by pesticides. Here are some highlights from the Clean 15 list:

  • Less than 1% of avocado and sweet corn samples tested positive for any detectable pesticides; they scored the cleanest of all produce tested.
  • **Some papayas and sweet corn in the United State are GMO, so in my opinion, it’s best to always choose organic for those!
  • More than 70% of fruit and vegetable samples on the Clean Fifteen list had no pesticide residues.
  • EWG says multiple pesticide residues are extremely rare on Clean Fifteen vegetables.
  • Only 6% of Clean Fifteen fruit and vegetable samples harbored 2 or more pesticides.

EWG’s 2019 Clean 15 List:  foods that are ok to purchase non-organic** except for sweet corn and papayas (see ** above) 

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet Corn**

  3. Pineapples

  4. Frozen Sweet Peas

  5. Onions

  6. Papayas**

  7. Eggplant

  8. Asparagus

  9. Kiwi

  10. Cabbage

  11. Cauliflower

  12. Cantaloupes

  13. Broccoli

  14. Mushrooms

  15. Honeydew melon


For more information about how these pesticides and chemicals are effecting FERTILITY AND BRAIN FUNCTION, read the full article at


A great visual representation of the information above from DrAxe.com: