EWG’s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen
The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure, however reduce your exposure as much as possible. Eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. EWG helps you to determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.
For the second year, EWG have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops – domestically-grown summer squash/courgettes and leafy greens, specifically kale and collards. These crops did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system.
And in Australia…
Fresh food from the supermarket and fruit stores contains potentially dangerous doses of chemicals and at least one that is banned.
Australia is regarded as having the world’s highest-quality produce but with the continuing appeal of organics, just how contaminated are fruit and vegetables?
“There is poor pesticide practice going on out there. People are using too much, using the wrong pesticides, either through being too enthusiastic or poor training,” Choice magazine’s Christopher Zinn said.
There are 12 different fruit and vegetables that are most likely to contain pesticides.
Known as the ‘dirty dozen’, they are peaches, strawberries, nectarines, plums, apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, grapes, potatoes, spinach and raspberries.
Christopher Zinn, from consumer magazine Choice, said of 27 samples of strawberries tested, three had higher than recommended MAX residue limits.
“The latest choice test results clearly show the delectable strawberry as having far greater pesticide residue than any of the other 12, some [are] laced with banned chemicals,” he said.
Of the conventionally grown strawberries tested bought from Coles, Woolworths/Safeway and independent fruit shops, a disturbing 11 per cent contained pesticide residues above the legal limit; 17 out of 27 samples, or 63 per cent, had residues of more than one pesticide; and four had four different pesticides.
“Strawberries, because of the kind of fruit they are, you eat their skin, they do tend to have a higher residue of pesticide on them,” Zinn said.
So where does all this leave you when next you buy your fruit and veg? The best advice from the man from Choice.
“You need to know what fruit and vegetables tend to have the higher residues. Then you can take the steps to either switch to organic or wash, peel, or prepare them to reduce you exposure,” Christopher Zinn said.
NEW innovation SODASAN Fruit & Vegetable Wash!
On the surface of fruit and vegetables you are likely to find unwanted contaminants such as wax, agricultural chemicals and/or soil.
SODASAN Fruit & Vegetable Wash removes these impurities and residues leaving no aftertaste.
Cleans apples, grapes, tomatoes, bell peppers/capsicum, cucumbers, broccoli etc. Effective and safe. Also for delicate fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Not recommended for mushrooms due to their porous nature.
How to use this product?
Spray generously with Sodasan Fruit & Vegetable Wash, rub firm produce or leave it on soft produce for 20 – 30 seconds , then rinse thoroughly.
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