‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ Lists for 2022: Conventional Produce With the Most and Least Pesticides

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Whether you think this article is bullshit or not, the effects of pesticides reach further than just the food you eat. They disrupt insect population and pollination, as well as long term soil health. Ripple effects should not be taken lightly.


I appreciate the comment section. I saw the article, read it, and pretty much bought into it right away. It’s not hard to agree that I don’t want to consume any pesticides at all. Then I see the comment section saying the article and organization is bullshit, and I became conflicted. Who do I believe? Then I read more comments that have seemingly solid sources and now I side more against the article and organization. It’s so unbelievably difficult to be a responsible consumer.


EWG is basically a front group for “big organic”. They publish these lists without context to scare people rather than educating the public on the true risk of parts per billion of any substance. Great marketing, poor science.


Organic doesn’t mean pesticide free, and can sometimes mean more pesticides, just ones that satisfy “organic” requirements. Organic food also comes with a cost increase that a lot of people can’t afford. There are also issues with crop yield per area of farm land that mean impact on available land for Forestry regrowth. Organic is not a panacea. Bioscience needs to look at what’s safe and what’s going to feed the world. I would prefer less need to spray, and some synthetic chemicals might mean we can spray less of them in total. It’s also important to remember the safety of the farm workers who are spraying and in amongst them.


I’m glad most of the comments in this thread are calling out the absolute bullshit that is this article. ORGANIC USES PESTICIDES. In addition, because the efficacy is often lower, it means the amounts used are higher.