Saturday, April 16, 2016

Strawberries are the highest in Pesticides!


The new list of dirty dozen fruits/vegetables just came out from EWG!

Strawberries were number one on the list for the fruit/vegetable with the highest amount of pesticides!

When I read the article , I was sad at how little the consumer really knows about what we are eating.
Can you imagine that with every bite of a red luscious strawberry we are eating more than we want in pesticides! It's bad enough for us , but what about our kids?

When it comes to strawberries, I guess it's one fruit that need to be organic! From now on, I'll buy organic when it comes to anything on the list from the dirty dozen. 
I already always buy organic apples, celery, and spinach. I often buy organic strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and grapes. I need to step it up a little!

The EWG has a list of what they consider the

Dirty Dozen= highest amount of pesticides


1. Strawberries

2. Apples

3. Nectarines

4. Peaches 

5. Celery 

6. Grapes

7. Cherries

8. Spinach

9. Tomatoes

10. Bell Peppers

11. Cherry Tomatoes

12. Cucumbers

CLEAN 15 based on the amount of pesticide exposure according to EWG.
These are the cleanest vegetables/fruit  * Look for non GMO vegetables

1. Avocado 

2. Corn 

3. Pineapple 

4. Cabbage

5. Frozen sweet peas

6. Onions

7. Asparagus

8. Mango

9. Papaya 

10. Kiwi

11. Eggplant

12. Honeydew

13. Grapefruit

14. Cantaloupe

15. Cauliflower

This is the beginning of the article on strawberries from EWG: Click to read full article

Pesticides + Poison Gases = Cheap, Year-Round Strawberries

By Bill Walker, Investigations Editor, and Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst
Americans eat nearly eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year – and with them, dozens of pesticides, including chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive damage or are banned in Europe.
Strawberries tested by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009 and 2014 bore an average of 5.75 different pesticides per sample, compared to 1.74 pesticides per sample for all other produce, according to a new EWG analysis.

Read their research and info : EWG 





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4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for helping get the word out about the dangerous chemicals on some of our food. I know EWG listed corn as a safe food this year. That surprises me, since most corn sold in the US today is genetically modified (GMO). Perhaps it's good news?. Presumably they found it didn't contain glyphosphate.

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  2. I hate how expensive BELL PEPPERS ARE - organic or not! :(

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