Kale joins the ranks in the "Protective Dozen" list
Since 2004, the group – an ideal non-partial environmental organization – has ranked annual pesticide pollution in popular fruits and vegetables for its Shopper's Guide and notes them with the highest and lowest concentrations of pesticides after being washed or peeled. . Pesticides include a variety of chemicals that kill unwanted insects, plants, mold and rodents. These chemicals keep pests from destroying produce, but also expose people to debris through their diet. This guide shares the results of the 47 fruits and vegetables tested so that consumers can buy foods with lower amounts of pesticides.
"Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen", a list of the 15 most tested products contaminated with the least amount of pesticides, are based on more than 40,900 fruit and vegetable products tested by the Food and Drug Administration and United The State Department of Agriculture. Types and amounts of pesticides used vary based on pests and weather, according to EWG.
Analysis of recent data showed that 70% of this produced sold consumption contained pesticide residues.
While pesticides are used to protect growing fruits and vegetables, they can also threaten humans, per World Health Organization. Human consumption of pesticides has been shown in studies associated with cancer risk, fertility and other health problems. EWG research analyst Carla Burns explained in the statement: "The main route of exposure of pesticides to most Americans who do not live or work on or near farms is through their diet." By helping consumers to know which foods are more health-conscious or biased in the store, this guide is intended to help make decisions on how the antimicrobial control affects health.
Fear should not be part of the decision to buy food in the list of pesticides, says Teresa Thorne, CEO of the Alliance for Food and Farming, a non-profit representing organic and conventional farmers of fruits and vegetables.
Thorne noted a previous study in the Journal of Toxicology that was critical of the EWG's Dirty Dozen list, and found that eating organic products did not reduce consumer risk. "It's mainly because the remains are so low, if they are at all," she said.
Research on the effect of pesticides on humans is ongoing, and it is not a complete understanding of whether a particular amount of pesticides is considered safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledges there are reasons to be concerned about the exposure of developing children to pesticides, especially before birth. Concerns include effects on development and behavior.
What products have high amounts of pesticides on the list?
According to the pesticide concentration, the 2019's Dirty Dozen list is: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. Among these, kale and spinach contained 1.1 to 1.8 times more pesticides in weight than other production groups. This list varies, as does the use of pesticides in agriculture. "Types and quantities of pesticides used by a manufacturer will depend on the pests the producer has to deal with and weather. Weathered weather will often increase the use of antifungal agents," said Chris Campbell, EWG's Information Technology Vice President. 19659012] Studies bind pesticides in food to reduced fertility in women "data-src-mini =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140430162428-02-dirty-dozen-hp-video.jpg "data- src-xsmall = "// cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140430162428-02-dirty-dozen-story-body.jpg" data-src-small = "http://cdn.cnn.com/ cnnnext / dam / assets / 140430162428-02-dirty-dozen-story-top.jpg "data-src-medium =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140430162428-02-dirty-boxes-horizontal -large-gallery.jpg "data-src-large =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140430162428-02-dirty-dozen-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg "data-src-full16x9 = "//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140430162428-02-dirty-dozen-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" data-src-mini1x1 = "// cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/ assets / 140430162428-02-dirty-dozen-topics.jpg "data-demand-load =" not-loaded "data-eq-pts =" mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781 "src =" data: image / gif; base64, R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP /////// wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI + py + 0Po5yUFQA7 "/>  Studies bind pesticides in food to reduced fertility in women ” class=”media__image” src=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140430162428-02-dirty-dozen-story-top.jpg”/>
Despite the high pesticide residues of spinach and kale, strawberries have maintained their place at the top of the Dirty Doses list. Strawberries are popular – Americans eat about 8 pounds a year – but the chemicals used to protect and preserve strawberries increase concern, and some have been banned by the EU. The fruit received its notorious status because the US Department of Agriculture concluded with strawberries, most likely, among the tested products, to retain pesticides, even after they were picked and washed.
It's so surprising that kale is number three on the Dirty Dozen list?
Kale is known to be a source of vitamins and other nutrients, but vegetable can also be contaminated by cancer causing pesticides . The results of the report showed that 92% of the samples of conventionally grown kale were positive for two or more pesticides, and a single sample of kale sometimes contained as many as 18 different pesticide residues. The most common pesticide discovered was Dacthal, also known as DCPA, and has been identified as a potential carcinogen. Europe has banned use since 2009.
What products have low amounts of pesticides?
Production that is among the top in the list to reduce consumer exposure to pesticides includes avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, frozen sweet peas and onions. Unlike the Dirty Dozen, pesticide residues were not detected in 70% of these foods. Less than 1% of avocados and sweet corn tested positive for pesticides and were considered the cleanest of the list.
How can you avoid pesticides?
Recommendations from the Environment The working group is to buy and eat organic products, especially fruits and vegetables found on the Dirty Dozen list. But if your budget doesn't allow you to eat organically, fruits and vegetables are better than none.
"The science shows that what people need to know is to eat more fruits and vegetables every day, conventional or organic, choose either. No list is needed," says Thorne from the Alliance for Food and Farming.