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Study: pesticides found in 70% of washed produce

Posted at 11:49 PM, Mar 20, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Environmental Working Group has released it's annual list of fruits and vegetables that are most likely to contain pesticides known as "The Dirty Dozen."

This year's list has the usual offenders: strawberries, apples and spinach.

New this year -- kale. Researchers found residue from at least two pesticides on 92-percent of the kale they tested.

This year's report also says that 70-percent of produce in the U.S. pesticides, even after washing.

Researchers also found that avocado, onion, sweet corn and pineapple have the least amount of pesticide residue.

A different organization, The Alliance for Food and Farming, features a pesticide calculator where you can see exactly how your food is affected by pesticides. You can try it out here.