When the pesticide industry met with the Obama administration last year, they wanted the government’s food testing data regarding pesticides on produce to emphasize that the pesticide residue on conventional produce is safe to eat.
“[W]e want to see if we can figure out that whatever data is out there be less likely to be misconstrued and misinterpreted. We’re trying to make sure that anyone who reads [USDA’s pesticide residue report] sees — as do all the people in the room — that there is no risk associated with the consumption of fresh produce due to pesticide residues.”
In other words, they are trying to protect their profits at the expense of your health.
You see, the Environmental Working Group’s “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce” uses the government data to classify which of the fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residue and those which have the least. From that they determine the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15.”
More and more people are turning to organic produce because of the pesticide issue, as well as the fact that organically grown fruits and vegetables have been shown to have a higher nutritional content.
Don’t be fooled by the industry’s greed for profits at your expense. We are exposed to excessive toxins that we cannot do anything about. It’s important to avoid those that we do have control over, including the pesticides on your produce, the chemical additives in your food, cosmetics and body care products, as well as household products.
If you don’t have a copy of the current “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce” you can get one here.