Friday, April 13, 2007

Gardening: What to Grow

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization specializing in agriculture toxins. Every so often, they come out with a list of the pesticide content in common fruits and vegetables.

Here are the top ten vegetables to grow in your garden (or purchase organic):

  1. Bell peppers - 11 different pesticides on one bell pepper sample
  2. Celery - 94% of celery tested showed pesticides
  3. Spinach - 70% of spinach tested showed pesticides
  4. Lettuce – 9 different pesticides on one sample of lettuce
  5. Potatoes – 81% of potatoes tested showed pesticides
  6. Carrots – 81.7% of carrots tested showed pesticides
  7. Green Beans
  8. Hot Peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Bonus: Tomatoes
And for fruits:
  1. Peaches - overall highest amount of pesticides (among fruits and vegetables)
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Cherries
  6. Pears
  7. Grapes - Imported
  8. Raspberries
  9. Plums
  10. Grapes - Domestic
  11. Bonus: Oranges
For both list: #1 = highest amount of pesticide and #11 = the lowest amount of bug/people killer


Lynne Eldridge M.D. said...

Great post! And, very helpful for anyone trying to go organic on a budget. Consumer reports compiled the results of this study and published an online resource, where people can check out what foods are most important to grow or purchase organically grown, and in which cases it does not matter as much. This can be found at

Lynne Eldridge M.D.
Author, "Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time"

Rich said...

Thank you Dr. Eldridge.
The link to Consumer reports looks like it got cut off, but I'll try to re post it here and amend it to the original post.

Click here for link to:
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