The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has yet again released its annual Dirty Dozen list - and this year, pears have made the list for the first time, taking the No. 6 slot on the list, up from No. 22 in 2016.
The AFF said the list's publication came in spite of fruit and vegetable consumption rates remaining low and studies showing consumers were less likely to purchase produce due to concerns over pesticide residues.
The analysis also found that almost 70 percent of the 48 different conventional produce samples tested by the USDA were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides.
The EWG also found pesticide contamination in 48 types of conventionally grown produce.
The USDA doesn't test every food every year.
For those who want to steer clear of pesticides, you're best sticking to Mexican cuisine: sweet corn and avocados were awarded the top spots of the EWG's "Clean Fifteen" list. A single sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticides.
Researchers found 70 percent of the juicy red morsels have traces of pesticides.
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The vegetables and fruits that are the most contaminated with pesticides are strawberries, apples, pears, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, and celery. The group developed 2 lists.
"Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they're grown", said EWG senior analyst Sonya Lunder, "but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic".
More than 80% of pineapples, papaya, asparagus, onions and cabbage that were sampled showed no pesticide residue.
This list included, in order, sweet corn (including corn on the cob and frozen corn), avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papaya, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit.
This year, strawberries remained at the top of the list of produce with the highest concentration of pesticides, while sweet corn and avocados were ranked as having the lowest concentration. The results show that only 1% of products found in the Clean Fifteen are contaminated with pesticides.
"S$3 o 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". They measure the levels of pesticides found in every crop. That report essentially says that we don't need pesticides to produce enough food to feed the world.