“I am so tired of these so called environmental groups painting American agriculture in a negative light and scaring the consumer to forward their agendas. We are on the ground making sure that everything is done in accordance with the law, label and what is right. Would these so-called watchdog groups rather get food from another country?

“How do you think those tolerances would look if we got all our food from Third World countries. It makes me so angry. We work so hard to produce clean products — and do so if you look at the numbers and don't twist them,” Michael said.

EWG highlights the worst offenders with its ‘Dirty Dozen’ list and the cleanest conventional produce with its ‘Clean 15’ list.

EWG President Ken Cook said, “Though buying organic is always the best choice, we know that sometimes people do not have access to that produce or cannot afford it. Our guide helps consumers concerned about pesticides to make better choices among conventional produce, and lets them know which fruits and vegetables they may want to buy organic.”

“Organic does not mean no pesticides. EWG does not tell you that,” Michael said. “Many products like sulfur used in organic food, and we use the same products in conventional agriculture. There are a number of pesticides we use every day that are also approved for use in organic food production. Groups like EWG do not tell the public that.”

Consumers who choose five servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG's ‘Clean 15’ list rather than from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ can lower the volume of pesticides they consume by 92 percent, according to EWG’s calculations. They will also eat fewer types of pesticides. Picking five servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most-contaminated products would result in consuming an average of 14 different pesticides a day. Choosing five servings from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables would result in consuming fewer than two pesticides per day.