Pesticides Pesticide Residues on Food
Once again the Environmental Working Group has issued its "dirty dozen" list which a panel of scientists and even the EWG itself say is not based on risk. To see for yourself just how low pesticide residues that may be present on your food really are, please check out the new pesticide residue calculator at www.safefruitsandveggies.com.
Conflicting media reports about fruit and vegetable "super foods" mixed with dirty produce lists and emerging foodborne illness outbreaks may have consumers wondering just how safe their food really is. With the new USDA recommendation to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, the Alliance for Food and Farming wanted to assure consumers that fruits and vegetables are not only the healthiest food on your plate, but they are also the safest. Click on the title above to download a copy of the recent press release issued on this topic. For more information, please look around this site, or visit our sister site at www.safefruitsandveggies.com
The United States Department of Agriculture has posted data from its 2009 Pesticide Data Program which monitors pesticide residues in food. The report is long and somewhat cumbersome, but shows that only 0.3 percent of the samples tested have residues that exceed safety limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the stringent system for regulating pesticides in the United States. The findings are similar to recent years and clearly show the safety of food sold in the U.S. when it comes to pesticide residues. To help put the issue into perspective for consumers who may be concerned about consuming fruits and vegetables because of pesticide residues, the Alliance for Food and Farming reached out to Dr. Robert Krieger, a toxicologist from the University of California, Riverside. Working with Dr. Krieger, the Alliance has created a Pesticide Residue Calculator which demonstrates how small the pesticides residues found on fruits and vegetables really are by calculating the huge number of servings that can be eaten without any health effects at all. Government agencies also remind consumers that washing fruits and vegetables before eating is a healthy practice.
The Alliance for Food and Farming and our members take seriously any report on the safety of pesticide use. For this reason, we reached out to experts in toxicology and risk assessment for input on a study by the University of California Berkeley on Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-year-old Children. Attached is information in response to that study. It is important to remember that there is no conclusion about how people in these studies were exposed to pesticides and the authors of the study themselves urge pregnant women not to discontinue their consumption of fruits and vegetables. For more information on the safety of pesticide residues on food, please visit SafeFruitsandVeggies.com
Alliance Issues New Report on Putting Pesticide Residues in Perspective
The Alliance for Food and Farming has released a report to help consumers put the issue of health impacts from pesticides on food into perspective. Also available is an interactive tool to calculate just how many servings consumers could eat and still not experience any health effects from residues. Check it out at www.safefruitsandveggies.com/calculator