Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen


Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues - a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals.

EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce calculates that USDA tests found a total 165 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetables samples examined in 2013.

The USDA findings indicate that the conventional fruit and produce industries are ignoring a striking market trend: American consumers are voting with their pocketbooks for produce with less pesticide. USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates that the organically produced food sector, though just 4 percent of all U.S. food sales, has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years. The trend is particularly strong for sales of organic fruits and vegetables, which account for the lion’s share of all organic food sales: USDA economists reported that organic produce sales spiked from $5.4 billion in 2005 to an estimated $15 billion last year and increased by 11 percent between 2013 and 2014.

Pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA, even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

USDA EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce recognizes that many people who want reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce cannot find or afford an all-organic diet. It helps them seek out conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues. When they want foods whose conventional versions test high for pesticides, they can make an effort to locate organic versions.

Recent changes:
Redesigned from the ground up for 2015.
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Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues - a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals.

EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce calculates that USDA tests found a total 165 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetables samples examined in 2013.

The USDA findings indicate that the conventional fruit and produce industries are ignoring a striking market trend: American consumers are voting with their pocketbooks for produce with less pesticide. USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates that the organically produced food sector, though just 4 percent of all U.S. food sales, has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years. The trend is particularly strong for sales of organic fruits and vegetables, which account for the lion’s share of all organic food sales: USDA economists reported that organic produce sales spiked from $5.4 billion in 2005 to an estimated $15 billion last year and increased by 11 percent between 2013 and 2014.

Pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA, even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

USDA EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce recognizes that many people who want reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce cannot find or afford an all-organic diet. It helps them seek out conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues. When they want foods whose conventional versions test high for pesticides, they can make an effort to locate organic versions.

Recent changes:
Redesigned from the ground up for 2015.

User reviews of Dirty Dozen
Gr8 little app for keeping track of what to eat and what not to eat re pesticides.
Dec 19, 2011
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A Google User
Apr 5, 2015
Latest update keeps stopping at start-up OnePlus One
A Google User
Apr 2, 2015
An app I use I've opened this app while at the grocery store several times. It helps me make informed choices.
A Google User
Mar 6, 2015
Thank you so much for creating this app!
A Google User
Feb 26, 2015
Fantastic App SO helpful at the grocery store! It even saves me some time. I use this almost daily. Thanks to all who do the research to make it eaiser to keep our families and bodies healthier!
A Google User
Feb 25, 2015
Great app ~ use almost daily Can't wait for updated 2015 list. Handy app, use it constantly in order to be able afford feeding my family healthily without breaking the bank and knowing which foods I can cut corners and buy that are not organic with less risk.
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