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THE DIRTY DOZEN - ARE YOU UNKNOWINGLY EATING PESTICIDES?

In America, we rely on the FDA, USDA, and EPA to ensure our food, water, and drugs are safe for humans. Over the decades, farmers have increasingly used pesticides and fertilizers to maximize crop yields while reducing loss due to insect infestation & soil erosion.

Pesticides are often considered a quick, easy, and inexpensive solution for controlling weeds and insect pests in urban landscapes. Pesticide contamination poses significant risks to the environment and non-target organisms ranging from beneficial soil microorganisms, to insects, plants, fish, and birds.

An organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) believes the EPA standards don’t go far enough to protecting consumers from these chemicals used in farming and resultantly issue their annual “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables that contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue.

The EWG analyzes Department of Agriculture test data to identify which fruits and vegetables are most and least contaminated with pesticide residues. The Shopper’s Guide also includes the Clean Fifteen, a list of the fruits and vegetables with the lowest amount of residues.

On this year’s Dirty Dozen, kale ranks third, after strawberries and spinach.

The takeaway from the EWG research is that consumers should be buying organic options of fruits and vegetables whenever possible, particularly for the Dirty Dozen, to reduce the amount of pesticides you and your family are unknowingly ingesting.

𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙐𝙎𝘿𝘼’𝙨 𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙩𝙤𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙛 225 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙥𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙥𝙤𝙥𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙛𝙧𝙪𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙫𝙚𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝘼𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙨 𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙙𝙖𝙮. 𝘽𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙙, 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚, 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙥𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙨.

𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝘆:

•Kale and spinach samples had, on average, 10 to 80 percent more pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.

•Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest. Less than 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.

•More than 70 percent of fruit and vegetable samples on the Clean Fifteen list had no pesticide residues.

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲'𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝗪𝗚'𝘀 "𝗗𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗗𝗼𝘇𝗲𝗻" 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵:

1) Strawberries
2) Spinach
3) Kale
4) Nectarines
5) Apples
6) Grapes
7) Peaches
8) Cherries
9) Pears
10) Tomatoes
11) Celery
12) Potatoes

For more information on the 2019 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, read the attached article and watch the videos contained within the piece, click here to read more!

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