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New 'Dirty Dozen' List of Pesticide Laden Produce Just Released

Published on 4/22/2013
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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its newest Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide on Monday, which is Earth Day. And apples top its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues for the third year in a row. More on Shine: Another Reason to Eat Organic Other changes from the 2012 findings: cherry tomatoes and hot peppers are newcomers this year. Blueberries and lettuce, meanwhile, dropped off the Dirty Dozen list. The environmental watchdog group uses data compiled by the USDA, based on pre-washed samples of 48 types of conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables, to produce its findings. More on Yahoo!: Colle Farmers Market Reacts to Organic Farming Boom in Russia“ I think most Americans would be very surprised about How prevalent pesticide residue is,” EWG senior analyst Sonya Lunder told Yahoo! Shine, noting that pesticide were still seen on 67 percent of the samples, which were all either washed or peeled before being tested. Among the top three worst offenders—apples, strawberries and grapes—nearly every sample had pesticides on it, Lunder said, with one grape alone showing traces of 15 pesticides. The National Institute of Environmental Health Services acknowledges that scientists do not have a full understanding of the health risks associated with exposure to pesticide residues through food, soil, water, or air. Still, notes EWG, various U.S. and international government agencies have linked pesticides to a slew of health risks, including cancer, hormone disruption, brain and nervous system toxicity and irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs. Dirty Dozen 2013: Apples Strawberries Grapes Celery Peaches Spinach Sweet bell peppers Nectarines (imported) Cucumbers Potatoes Cherry tomatoes Hot peppers Additionally, the EWG added a “plus” category for the second year, noting two items—domestically-grown summer squash, plus kale and collards—that, though they didn’t meet Dirty Dozen standards, were commonly contaminated with exceptionally toxic pesticide. These organophosphates, dangerous to the nervous system, were phased out of agricultural use in the 1970s and ’80s, but still linger on many farm fields. Still, there’s also good news, as the guide includes the “Clean Fifteen”—fruits and veggies with the lowest levels of pesticides, offering hopeful solutions for anyone not in the position to find or pay for more expensive organics. Many of these safest options have naturally protective coatings, such as corn, which tops that list once again this year, and papaya, which is a newcomer. Watermelon, sadly, dropped off the clean list from 2012. “The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure,”notes the EWG report, stressing that “eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.” Clean Fifteen 2013: Corn Onions Pineapple Avocados Cabbage Sweet peas (frozen, since they’re more readily available) Papayas Mangoes Asparagus Eggplant Kiwi Grapefruit Cantaloupe Sweet potatoes Mushrooms The consumer list, Lunder said, “shows the real difference you can make in your purchasing habits, even if you’re only buying conventional.” Related: The Bottom Line: Is Organic Food Really Any Healthier? 6 Tips for Finding Cheap Organic Food Is Organic Food Healthier? New Study Fuels the Debate “THIS IS A RE-POST OF A BLOG I FOUND” P.S. If you want to make extra money with a blog like this, go to my website & learn how
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