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EWG's 2020 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Each year since 2004, the Environmental Working Group -- a nonprofit whose mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment -- publishes a shopper's guide that lists the most pesticide-contaminated produce sold in the US. The guide is based on data from the USDA's Pesticide Data Program, which analyzes almost 50 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.

At Suppers, we advocate a diet based on whole food, first and foremost. But if and when it is within reach, we do encourage purchasing organic fruits and vegetables, or those grown without pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Why? For one, studies have consistently pointed out that organic produce contains greater levels of micronutrients and phytonutrients. But also, conventional agriculture exposes us to toxic chemicals, genetically modified organisms, deadly pathogens, hormones, antibiotics, and more -- and research has shown that our toxic food supply contributes to, and perpetuates, chronic illness.

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