“Dirty Dozen’s” Produce list apparently dirtier than thought

Lisa Says: As we kick off the 100 Mile Food Challenge for SE Virginia/NE NC this week (connecting people with their local food sources), CNN is reporting that the original list of the 12 produce items with the highest pesticide residue from the Environmental Working Group apparently has even more pesticides than expected. This is on the heels of the President’s Commission’s long term study and recent announcement of the link between chemicals and diseases, such as cancer.

Another great reason to enjoy local, healthy foods from farmers that use sustainable agriculture. Find your closest local food sources at www.localharvest.com or email us at Rex@HungerForHealth.com.  Enjoy the article.

‘Dirty dozen’ produce carries more pesticide residue, group says -
By Danielle Dellorto, Senior Medical Producer
June 1, 2010 1:31 a.m. EDT   CNN.com

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(CNN) — If you’re eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group.

The group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Dirty Dozen,” which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides.

“It’s critical people know what they are consuming,” the Environmental Working Group’s Amy Rosenthal said. “The list is based on pesticide tests conducted after the produce was washed with USDA high-power pressure water system. The numbers reflect the closest thing to what consumers are buying at the store.”

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