Environmental Working Group (EWG) studies amounts of pesticides found in non-organic food. It recently came out with new lists for produce: “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen”.
- Most pesticide-laden: Apples, celery, peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce and cucumber.
- ‘Cleanest’: onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, sweet pea, asparagus, mango, aubergine (eggplant), and kiwi fruit.
- Still suspect: green beans, kale and collard greens (had residues that placed them outside the Dirty Dozen, but organophosphate insecticides were found.)
- To avoid GMOs (genetically modified organisms) organic corn is recommended.
- Health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.
- Some chemicals found by EWG are banned for agricultural use… residues are still contaminating our food.
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Is this info legit?:
- Lobby groups such as the Alliance for Food and Farming say the EWG has distorted the figures, and fruit and vegetables can be washed beforehand to remove any pesticide residues – although environmental groups say that washing doesn’t always do the trick.