The foods with the most pesticides (so wash them thoroughly, obviously, though that seems like common sense since the 18th century) were found to be:
3. Sweet bell peppers
6. Imported nectarines
11. Domestic blueberries
And they created a super dirty list, which has green beans and kale/collard greens.
On the 'good' list they include what you would expect - namely, foods that are irrelevant in organic food anyway, like pineapples, where nothing can get through the shell. You bite right into an apple, you don't bite into a pineapple or an ear of corn off the stalk. 98 percent of conventional apples had pesticides, they highlight, which sounds telling - except no organic apples were analyzed so highlighting 'conventional' is a little dishonest.
Celery had 57 different pesticides while the bell peppers had 15 on one pepper they tested.
Here are 15 foods you can buy without fear - and save yourself money by not engaging in the intellectual placebo of buying organic, since it makes no difference:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potato
- Honeydew melon
In 2010, the USDA began to test for pesticide residues on products used in baby food and tested about 190 samples each of green beans, pears and sweet potatoes. Green beans used as baby food contained five pesticides. The organophosphate methamidiphos was found on 9.4 percent of samples and the organophosphate acephate, on 7.8 percent of samples.