July 13, 2009

What's on my food?

Greener Pastures Are Coming — As more farmers use fewer chemical fertilizers and pesticides on their crops. But don’t believe that rinsing and peeling eliminates pesticide toxicity. These are potent products that kill bugs, fungus, and weeds.

You can find almost 50 fruits and vegetables on the Environmental Working Group’s “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” website, ranked by their likelihood of being consistently contaminated with pesticides. They based this on 87,000 USDA and FDA tests for pesticides conducted from 2000 to 2007.

Peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, and imported grapes are the most suspect. Onions, avocados, and corn have the least pesticide residue. But that’s a pretty limited diet!