Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

The Dirty Dozen Cheat Sheet

While organic produce is probably preferred for all fruit and veggies, the cost and availability can make organic shopping a challenge.

The Environmental Working Group have tried to make the job easier!

In terms of pesticide use, not all vegetables are created equal.

The levels of pesticides used in the growing process vary between different fruits and veggies.

The Environmental Working Group has ranked commonly eaten fruits and vegetables according to pesticide exposure.

This means that we, as discerning shoppers, can reduce our own pesticide consumption by buying ‘organic’ for the produce high on the pesticide use scale.

If organic is costly or unavailable, we can stick to the most pesticide free fruits and veggies.

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government