13 June 2011

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List of 12 Fruits, Vegetables which has most pesticides – List of 15 Fruits and Vegetables which are least contaminated Apple Tops in which List

List of 12 Fruits, Vegetables which has most pesticides – List of 15 Fruits and Vegetables which are least contaminated Apple Tops in which List

Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its “Dirty Dozen” list and the cleanest conventional produce with its “Clean 15” list.

The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy nonprofit, released its latest "Dirty Dozen" list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated with pesticides.

Picking 5 servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day.

According to EWG calculations if you choose 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG's Clean 15 rather than the Dirty Dozen, you can lower the volume of pesticide you consume daily by 92 percent

If you choose 5 servings from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you'll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.

Notable changes in the new guide included apples’ rank as the most contaminated produce, jumping three spots from last year to replace celery at the top of the “Dirty Dozen” list.
According to USDA, pesticides showed up on 98 percent of the more than 700 apple samples tested.

Following is the list of dirty 12 fruits and vegetables which are highly contaminated, has most pesticides.

1. apples

2. strawberries

3. peaches

4. domestic nectarines

5. imported grapes

6. Domestic blueberries

7. Celery

8. spinach

9. sweet bell peppers

10. potatoes

11. lettuce

12. greens (kale and collards)

Following is the list of 15 clean fruits and Vegetables –

EWG calls it clean 15 –

1. onions

2. sweet corn

3. asparagus

4. sweet peas

5. eggplant

6. cabbage

7. sweet potatoes

8. mushrooms

9. pineapples

10. avocados

11. mangoes

12. domestic cantaloupe

13. kiwi

14. watermelon

15. grapefruit

Methodology of testing –

The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides ranks pesticide contamination for 50 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of 89,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 2000 to 2008 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Nearly all the studies on which the guide is based tested produce after it had been rinsed or peeled.

Contamination was measured in 6 different ways:

1. Percent of samples tested with detectable pesticides

2. Percent of samples with two or more pesticides

3. Average number of pesticides found on a single sample

4. Average amount (level in parts per million) of all pesticides found

5. Maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample

6. Total number of pesticides found on the commodity

The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide is not built on a complex assessment of pesticide risks but instead reflects the overall pesticide loads of common fruits and vegetables

Pesticides can be extremely toxic to human health and the environment. U.S. and international government agencies alike have linked pesticides to nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone system disruption and IQ deficits among children.

Dr. Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, creator of the book/DVD the Happiest Baby on the Block said that "I really worry that pesticides on food are unhealthy for the tender, developing brains and bodies of young children,"

"Parents don't realize they're often feeding their little ones fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide residues.

Studies show even small amounts of these chemicals add up and can impair a child's health when they're exposed during the early, critical stages of their development.

When pesticide sprayers have to bundle up in astronaut-like suits for protection, it's clear parents want to feed their families food containing as little of these toxic chemicals as possible."

A study by Harvard School of Public Health found children exposed to pesticides had a higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Source - http://www.ewg.org


Usha June 14, 2011  

sm, Thanks for this post. I am quite shocked to know that pesticides are found after rinsing and peeling the fruit/veggie.It scares to read about 14 different pesticides.
I get sick after eating strawberries, I do monitor my health after eating fruits..few others too make me sick.
Recently Indians enjoy American grown red and delicious apples but they don't know that it takes almost over one month to ship apple container from USA to India and if Apples top contamination level then will that be worth to eat those stale apples just because they are grown in USA?

sm,  June 14, 2011  

If this is the condition in USA just think about India where there is no law and no monitoring of fruits and vegetables?

mermaid gallery June 14, 2011  

very informative and alarming post....organic gardening is really our only choice...unfortunately not readily available in most countries. We have many organic growers here in Canada. It is worth while to support organic when ever possible. Grow your own is always best.....

Teamgsquare June 14, 2011  

Yes Sm , even i was thinking same when i was reading this post . Not only law n regulation but ,there is huge lack awareness on part everyone about the hazardous use pesticide .

sm,  June 14, 2011  

mermaid gallery,,

sm,  June 14, 2011  

Team G Square,,

रविकर June 14, 2011  

यहाँ के हाल भी ऐसे ही हैं.
शायद घर में ही उगाना होगा---
सभी खाद्य पदार्थों को ||
उत्पादन की जहरीली विधि के साथ-साथ
मिलावट ने जीना मुश्किल कर दिया है

Renu June 14, 2011  

Thanks for sharing..you know in UP all the fruits are injected now, my SIL ate watermelon and immediately got allergic reaction:(..really sad state of affairs.

Home Inspector Marketing June 14, 2011  

I think the worst thing I learned this last week put frosting on the cake as I complained to Del Monte, Fresh Produce (not related to Del monte foods) about the bananna that taste like fish, and has the texture of flesh. I didn't know that the Saudies owned this fresh produce co. Its a frightenin­g thing to enter the produce section where everything looks so inviting, and at the same time altered, and deadly from pesticides­.

Alka Gurha June 14, 2011  

Its scary, what do we eat? Thanks for the informative post.

Kirtivasan Ganesan June 14, 2011  

Many times scientists give good advise on crops, pesticides, fertilizers etc. But farmers do not listen to them and do what they have been doing. Because old habits die hard.

We can probably peel the top layer and eat. Maybe it will help.

कीर्ती,  June 14, 2011  

इतना झंझट ही क्यो? हेल्थ ड्रिंक पीजिये तंदुरुस्त रहिये. और पैसे बचाइये.

sm,  June 15, 2011  

Ravikar thanks.
Renu thanks.
Home Inspector Marketing, thanks.
Alka Gurha thanks.
Kirti, thanks
R. Ramesh thanks.
Kirti thanks.

sanjay June 15, 2011  

side effect of science :)

SM June 15, 2011  


oldman June 15, 2011  

That;s why my wife gives me apple in breakfast

sm,  June 15, 2011