The new “dirty dozen” list of produce
By Sarah B. Weir

A new report published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) might make you re-think that “apple a day” — if it’s conventionally grown using pesticides.

According to the group’s annual “dirty dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues, apples ranked number one as the most-contaminated item, up from number four last year.

Other changes from the 2010 findings: this year, cherries dropped off the list, and lettuce, previously absent, now appears at number 11. The EWG uses data compiled by the USDA to produce these findings.

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