Pesticides On Your Table

Pesticides On Your Table

Pesticides need to be toxic to kill pests. However, a pesticide can be useful only if it kills pests at a small enough dose that causes little or no harm to people, domestic animals and wildlife. It is not easy to establish how much of a pesticide is “safe” for people. Despite many studies done on health effects of each pesticide, there are research gaps. These gaps cause uncertainty in the predictions of long-term health effects of many pesticides. It is thus essential that pesticide exposure be minimized and the presence of pesticide residues in food be regulated and monitored.

Now, you may ask ‘Do organic foods have pesticides?’ The answer is yes, but these pesticides come from natural sources, such as certain types of plants. Organic farmers also tend to spray less pesticides on their produce than other farmers, and the pesticides are less dangerous for the environment. Also, if a product is certified organic, it has to abide by the national standards.

Environment Working Group analyzed pesticide residue on variety foods and come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst (with many pesticides residue) to best.

  1. Apple
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot Peppers
  14. Blueberries
  15. Lettuce
  16. Kale
  17. Plums
  18. Cherries
  19. Pears
  20. Tangerines
  21. Carrots
  22. Blueberries
  23. Green Beans
  24. Winter Squash
  25. Summer Squash
  26. Raspberries
  27. Broccoli
  28. Green Onions
  29. Oranges
  30. Bananas
  31. Tomatoes
  32. Watermelon
  33. Honeydew
  34. Mushrooms
  35. Sweet Potatoes
  36. Cauliflower
  37. Cantaloupe
  38. Grapefruit
  39. Eggplant
  40. Kiwi
  41. Papayas
  42. Mangoes
  43. Asparagus
  44. Onions
  45. Sweet Peas – Frozen
  46. Cabbage
  47. Pineapples
  48. Sweet Corn
  49. Avocados

Sources: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

By |2019-02-08T07:49:48+00:00January 24th, 2019|News|0 Comments

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