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    Posted: Mar 23 2019 at 8:13am
From the 3/20/2019

Environmental Working Group announced the fruits and veggies that have the most or least amount of pesticide residue. USA TODAY


If you're looking for another reason not to eat spinach or kale, you now have one.

The leafy greens are ranked second and third, respectively, on Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen, a list of the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue. At the top of the advocacy group's latest roster, released Wednesday, is strawberries; nectarines and apples round out the top five.

The group found that more than 90 percent of samples of strawberries, apples, cherries, spinach, nectarines and kale tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides, while multiple samples of kale indicated the presence of 18 pesticides.

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"Nearly 70 percent of the produce sold in the U.S. comes with pesticide residues," the EWG said in its 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which analyzes U.S. Department of Agriculture test data.

The organization advises people to eat organic produce.

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