The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) has released its 2017 report of the most pesticide-charged produces and unfortunately our delicious strawberries are on top of the list. The EWG list includes the fruits and vegetables which contain the highest loads of pesticide residues. So, those are the ones that you MUST buy Organic. The happy winners are in order: strawberries with at least 20 different pesticides, including chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive damage, or that are banned in Europe. It is followed closely by spinach which contain, on average, twice as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. Then comes nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes.
More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide. It is interesting to know that pesticide residue can remain on fruits and vegetables even after they are washed and, in some cases, even peeled.
Conclusion: if you buy only a few organic produces, you should prioritize these ones.