The 2017 Top Dirty Dozen List Of Produce With The Most Pesticides

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178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products were found on the thousands of produce samples analyzed.

The pesticide residues remained on fruits and vegetables even after they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

Key findings:

  • Nearly all samples of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.

  • The most contaminated sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticides.

  • Spinach samples had an average of twice as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. Three-fourths of spinach samples had residues of a neurotoxic pesticide banned in Europe for use on food crops – it’s part of a class of pesticides that recent studies link to behavioral disorders in young children.

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Environmental Working Group

WASHINGTON – Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen™ list of the EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues.

EWG’s analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples they analyzed. The pesticide residues remained on fruits and vegetables even after they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

“If you don’t want to feed your family food contaminated with pesticides, the EWG Shopper’s Guide helps you make smart choices, whether you’re buying conventional or organic produce,” said Sonya Lunder, an EWG senior analyst. “Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they’re grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic. If you can’t buy organic, the Shopper’s Guide will steer you to conventionally grown produce that is the lowest in pesticides.”

Lunder said it’s particularly important to reduce young children’s exposures to pesticides. The pesticide industry and chemical agriculture maintain that pesticides on produce are nothing to worry about, but doctors and scientists strongly disagree.

“Even low levels of pesticide exposure can be harmful to infants, babies and young children, so when possible, parents and caregivers should take steps to lower children’s exposures to pesticides while still feeding them diets rich in healthy fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. “EWG’s guide can help by giving consumers easy-to-use advice when shopping for their families.”

Landrigan, Dean of Global Health and Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai, was the principal author of a landmark 1993 National Academy of Sciences study, Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. The study led to enactment of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act that set safety standards for pesticides on foods.

For the Dirty Dozen list, EWG singled out produce with the highest loads of pesticide residues. In addition to strawberries and spinach, this year’s list includes nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes.

Each of these foods tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce. Pears and potatoes were new additions to the Dirty Dozen, displacing cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from last year’s list.

By contrast, EWG’s Clean Fifteen™ list of produce least likely to contain pesticide residues includes sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods and tests found low total concentrations of pesticide residues on them.

“From the surge in sales of organic food year after year, it’s clear that that consumers would rather eat fruits and vegetables grown without synthetic pesticides,” said Lunder. “But sometimes an all-organic diet is not an option, so they can use the Shopper’s Guide to choose a mix of conventional and organic produce.”

 

Thank Native Bees for a Bountiful Fall Harvest

By Larissa Walker, Policy and Campaign Coordinator at the Center For Food Safety
October 30th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Greg Lief

Bumblebee pollinating squash blossomDid you know there are roughly 4,000 species of native bees in the United States? From bumblebees, to carpenter bees, to alkali bees, these creatures are critical to our food supply.

While managed honey bees often steal the pollinator spotlight, native bees also deserve their fair share of stardom. And what better time to celebrate native bees than the start of fall, when pollinated fruits and vegetables like pumpkins, apples, and squash are welcomed harvests made especially possible by our native bees. So, if you’re like me and can’t imagine Halloween without pumpkins to carve, or Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, you owe a big thank-you to these bees.  

Some fun facts about these fascinating native species:

Bumblebees are masters of the art of ‘buzzing,’ an amazing and useful movement hardly visible to the human eye.  In fact, the pollination of many plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, and cranberries depends on the buzz-vibrations that bumblebees so expertly execute.Squash bees, also known as the ‘eastern cucurbit bee’, are dependent entirely on the pollen from cucurbits (squash, pumpkins, melon, zucchini, gourds and cucumbers); their relationship with these crops is mutually beneficial, and squash bees even sync their pollination to the daily rhythms of squash flowers.The alkali bee is an extremely desirable pollinator of alfalfa, and some farmers even try to replicate their native nesting habits to encourage this species to thrive around alfalfa fields.

Unfortunately, native bees are facing many of the same hardships as honey bees: the loss of habitat and nutritious forage as a Bee Products_coverresult of industrial agriculture. Vast expansions of monocultures like corn and soy are seriously threatening the health and continued existence of these pollinators. This is only worsened by the exponential use of toxic herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, which are building up in our environment and poisoning their floral landscapes. The state of pollinator health is an indication of our environment’s health – and right now, bees are the canary in the coal mine, sounding the alarm for bigger problems ahead.

Even though many of the threats to bees will require action from our regulatory agencies, there are steps we can all take to help protect these pollinating species. Perhaps one of the most fruitful (pun intended!) steps is to provide pollinators with habitat and ample forage – plant more seeds and grow more native plants and flowers!

Some excellent fall flower choices that are pollinator-friendly include: asters, goldenrods, sages, sunflowers, and milkweeds. Try to plant a wide variety of colors and shapes to attract a diverse group of pollinating species. Make sure the seeds and plants you buy are not pre-treated with chemicals that are toxic to bees, like neonicotinoids. Buying organic is the best way to avoid bee-toxic seeds and plants.

There are numerous other steps we can all take to ensure bees and other pollinators have healthy habitats across the country:

  • Avoid using pesticides
  • Provide nesting sites for native bees (wood blocks and dead trees and limbs are some great options. More ideas can be found here.
  • Become a beekeeper! The population of urban beekeepers is growing and there are hundreds of beekeeping organizations around the country to help interested and beginning beekeepers
  • Support local beekeepers and buy locally-produced honey.
  • Contact your Members of Congress and government agencies and let them know you’re concerned about pollinators and want them to take action to protect them.

In so many ways, our farms and gardens play a critical role in the health and vitality of pollinating species. Together, we can work to provide ample forage and healthy habitats for bees and other pollinators across the country.

 

 

10 Foods For A Healthy, Confident Smile

A smile is compromised by the feelings of joy and contentment.

However many individuals are faced with the challenges of a confident smile due to his or her teeth-driven insecurities. From stained teeth, tooth loss, gum diseases to sensitivities, Dr. Bob, The Drugless Doctor shares tips to overcome smile-aches. Plus, eating these foods will bring benefits in numerous other areas. Now that’s something to definitely smile about.

10 Foods for a Healthy Confident Smile:

Carrots1. Carrots an excellent source of Natural Fluoride

Red, Yellow, Orange Bell Peppers2. Red, Yellow and orange bell pepper

a source of Vitamin C for healthy gums

3. Sea Vegetables a source of iodine for optimal thyroid health

–preventing yellow teeth

Beets4. Beets support Seaweedliver health and

natural detoxification for a smooth tongue

Kale

5. Kale provides a natural source of calcium

for strong teeth structure

Ginger Root6. Ginger root for a healthy digestion and great breath

Celery7. Celery source of minerals

Apple Slices8. Apple slices for palate and teeth cleansing

Eggs, Onion, Garlic9. Eggs, onions and garlic source of sulfur for strong tissues

Sesame seeds, Almonds10. Sesame seeds and almonds a calcium and protein addition for healthy teeth structure

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to  Dr. Bob for starting a conversation about foods to smile for. (Don’t forget to floss).

For more information please visit, www.druglessdoctor.com and his Get To Know Series from his YouTube Channel DruglessDoctor.

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