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Produce to Buy Organic vs Conventional

The Environmental Working Group has pioneered the "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits and vegetables that are susceptible to retaining environmental chemicals  The Dirty Dozen are is produce best purchased organically grown.

The "Clean 15" is a list of produce that is safe to buy conventionally grown.

It is important to note that the samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared to be eaten. This means the produce is thoroughly washed and, when applicable, peeled. After these preparations, pesticide residues are still detected on many of the fruits and veggies.

Quick Recap


  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

+Hot Peppers are the "13th"

Click to view the EWG Dirty Dozen list.


  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

Click to view the EWG Clean 15 list.

Here's a link to the mobile app.

Potential contains organically grown fresh fruits and berries.  For optimal purity and safety, we subject Potential to a Food Safety Panel test of over 930 common environmental toxins, agricultural chemicals, endocrine disruptors, drugs and caffeine.  We are pleased to report that Potential passed 100% with a score of "none detectable."  


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