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Pesticide Residue Risks Recalculated

For the past 15 years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been trying to scare U.S. consumers about pesticide residues on the fruits and vegetables in supermarkets. The EWG annually selects a “dirty dozen” produce items that they say pose the most pesticide residue danger to consumers and their kids. Now, however, two courageous researchers at the University of California/Davis say they’ve also tested the fruits and vegetables—and found the pesticide residues on these produce items are essentially a million times below the “No Effect” levels found in the animal toxicity.
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Low pesticide residue found in most produce sampled

Industries / Agriculture : The Packer: Food Safety & Traceability (yesterday)

Of roughly 10,000 samples of mostly produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several state agricultural departments in 2013, more than 99 percent had pesticide residues below Environmental Protection Agency tolera... Read Post

A Rational Analysis of the USDA Pesticide Residue Data

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Sustainablog (4 years ago)

When the Environmental Working Group (EWG) makes its annual “Dirty Dozen List” of fruits and vegetables with pesticide residues each, it does so without paying any attention to which chemicals were found or what level was detected. ... Read Post

Watch out for the 2012 'Dirty Dozen'

Health : The Chart (3 years ago)

Apples and celery are still agriculture’s dirtiest pieces of produce, according to the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” report. The report names the fruits and vegetables ranking highest in pesticide residue. Cucum... Read Post


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