Is Your Favorite Vegetable on The "Dirty Dozen" List?

Is Your Favorite Vegetable on The

Is Your Favorite Vegetable on The "Dirty Dozen" List?

What consumers should do if they're concerned with pesticide residue is thoroughly wash produce under cool tap water, MacGregor says. This year, the tests showed that more than 92% of conventionally grown kale samples harbored at least two pesticide residues.

While the USDA data tends to be inconsistent (the EWG told us that the produce they test every year varies, as do the chemicals they test for), the list provides helpful suggestions for those of us looking to avoid pesticides, which are now present in almost 70 percent of produce sold in the U.S.

The last time that kale was tested, it was ninth out of 12 on the list.

In the latest tests, nearly 60 percent of the kale samples tested positive for DCPA, or Dacthal, which the Environmental Protection Agency has long classified as a possible human carcinogen.

The group releases its "Clean Fifteen" list as well, highlighting the 15 produce items with the least amount of pesticide residue detected.

A new report says pesticide residue is on most of your favourite fruits and vegetables - even after they're washed - but health experts say there's nothing to be anxious about.

Consumers should buy organic produce whenever possible to avoid pesticides, according to the report.

The guide, released every year since 2004, ranks the pesticide contamination of 47 popular fruits and vegetables.


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

"There are many ways to promote organic produce without resorting to disparaging the more accessible forms of fruits and veggies that the science has repeatedly shown are safe", says Teresa Thorne, Executive Director of the Alliance for Food and Farming, which represents organic and conventional farmers of fruits and vegetables.

The data was from tests on fresh and processed foods, including fruits, vegetables, honey, milk and bottled water. "That's largely because residues are so low, if present at all", she said.

She never went into specifics of how many servings it would take before there was an issue caused by pesticides.

Numerous pesticides detected by EWG have always been banned in the European Union and have been the subject of concern at the EPA-but the US has failed to take the chemicals off the market. "Fruits and vegetables are an important part of everyone's diet, and when it comes to some conventionally grown produce items, such as kale, choosing organic may be a better option". People are exposed to pesticides through the food they eat due to their broad use.

Less than 1 percent of avocados and sweet corn samples had detectable pesticides and more than 70 percent of Clean Fifteen samples had none.

"The health risks from pesticide exposure depend on the toxicity of the pesticides, the amount a person is exposed to, and the duration and the route of exposure", the CDC said.

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