Posted by Anne Landman on July 20, 2010

Graphic from AFF Web site, safefruitsandveggies.com, promoting the use of pesticides on produceThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes a popular consumer guide called "Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce" (pdf), which is credited with helping drive up sales of organic produce and reduce sales of conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables farmed with pesticides. The Guide contains a handy wallet-sized list of the "Clean 15" -- the top 15 types of produce that are lowest in pesticides, and the "Dirty Dozen" -- twelve types that are better bought organic. Consumers can now also download a handy I-Phone app with the same information. Now the EWG has come under attack by the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), a front group for industrial produce growers and pesticide and fertilizer interests. AFF commissioned an "expert report' (pdf) challenging EWG's consumer guide, and started a new Web site, safefruitsandveggies.com, that claims EWG's "Dirty Dozen" list misleads consumers and impedes public health by discouraging consumption of fresh produce. While AFF's "expert report" concedes that people who eat only organic produce will have lower levels of pesticides in their bodies, the report nevertheless concludes that "there is no reason why a consumer should use [the Shopper's Guide] to guide their purchasing decisions for fruits and vegetables."

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hi

that was really bad misleads consumers.....

Good thing they have produce a guideline now.
It would surely be a great help in preventing danger.
Keep it up!

Big money gets to poison us anyway they like. Whether it be pesticides, chemicals, or pharmaceuticals.

Somehow this has to stop.

Don

I recently heard of a Canadian study which found that 8 out of 10 children diagnosed with ADD in their study had unusually high amounts of pesticides in their blood. It is about time to get rid of excessive uses of pesticides and save our children![url=http://www.desertjet.com]aircraft charter[/url]

I'm very concerned about the quality of our food, especially when it comes to cloned meet, genetically modified food or nano particles or whatever they call them. Who really knows how that stuff affects our bodies? If you can't afford organic food, I suggest growing some food in your backyard, if you can. We need to start looking for more healthy ways to eat. Health is everything. Without it you have nothing.

This is scary stuff makes you sit up and take notice. What exactly are we eating? Keep up the good work very interesting?

Most farmers use pesticide and thats a fact so please when buying vegies ask if pesticides where used on them.

Like most things the bigger picture with this will show that in certain circumstances pesticides are needed and are resorted to for the efficiency they give suppliers of raw produce. Probably find greed and money come into the equation somewhere a long the line!

I only eat organic food, so I don't have to worry about pesticides. It is not only healthier, but also tastes better.

Wow! After reading this I am starting to think we may be better off growing our own food. I don't like the fact that I could be eating poison and not even know it! Thanks for the info.

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