Dr. Zach Bush has given countless talks on the importance of avoiding glyphosate as much as possible by buying organic and non-GMO foods.  He urges everyone who hears him speak to buy organic in order to foundationally change the way food is produced for us. Unfortunately for us all, the massive industrial food system will take a long time to change. Even if we were to stop using glyphosate entirely today, it would take decades for it to be removed from the environment. As consumers, we have the power to change the quality of the food available to us, but in the meantime, organic foods are still considerably more expensive than their non-organic counterparts.

READ MORE: Fight the Industrial Food System!

If buying all organic is not feasible for you, focus on avoiding foods that are particularly susceptible to absorbing toxins from chemical sprays. The Environmental Working Group’s 2018 Dirty Dozen list lays out the top twelve fruits and vegetables that are the most laden with pesticide residues after preparing them to be eaten (washed and peeled where applicable).

In contrast, EWG’s Clean Fifteen list includes the fifteen fruits and vegetables that showed the least amounts of pesticide residues after preparing them to be eaten. Multiple pesticide residues are rare on Clean Fifteen vegetables compared to Clean Fifteen fruits.

Note that no fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four pesticides, whereas only 5 percent of Clean Fifteen vegetable samples had two or more pesticides.


Dirty Dozen for 2018


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

Clean Fifteen for 2018


  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbages
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydew Melons
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupes
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli