Strawberries no.1 When it Comes to EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen List!

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strawberry-272810_960_720EWG has been releasing “The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,” every year since 2004. EWG stands for “Environmental Working Groups.”

 

EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen list:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

Last year, apples were the most pesticide ridden produce, but they were overtaken this year by strawberries. How they came about this result, “nearly all conventional  strawberry samples, about 98% tested by the federal officials had detectable  pesticide residue.” And in addition to that, “40% of the strawberries had residues of 10 or more pesticides detected.”

The article reports that some of the chemicals detected on strawberries are linked to:berry-1238295_960_720

  • Cancer
  • Reproductive and developmental damage
  • Hormone disruption
  • Neurological problems

This is according to the non-profit environmental research organization.

According to Sonya Lunder, EWG senior analyst, ” The EPA’s level of residue allowed on produce are too lax to protect American’s health.”

“They should be updated to reflect new research that shows even very small doses of toxic chemicals can be harmful, particularly for young children,” adds Lunder.

Lunder also reccomends buying organic versions of the Dirty Dozen, if you want to avoid pesticides on your food.

Read full article: Strawberries are Now the Most Contaminated Produce

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