Apples orchards are sprayed with pesticides but the cliche that,”An apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t the case anymore. It’s now officially recognized that strawberries have replaced apples when it comes to the most contaminated, carcinogenic-ridden fruit.
The 2016 Shopper’s Guide has a group called the EWG, Environmental Workers Group. Sonya Lunder, the Senior Analyst of EWG said, “The EPA’s levels of residues allowed on produce are too lax to protect Americans’ health. They should be updated to reflect new research that shows even very small doses of toxic chemicals can be harmful, particularly for young children.” adds Lunder.
Strawberries especially have the highest content of pesticides in them. 98% of “conventional” strawberries tested by federal officials said the residue left on them is very detectable. In fact, 40% of strawberries had at least 10 different kinds of pesticide residue on them.
Ms. Lunder said,“It is startling to see how heavily strawberries are contaminated with residues of hazardous pesticides, but even more shocking is that these residues don’t violate the weak U.S. laws and regulations on pesticides in food,”
Did you know that these hazardous chemicals found in fruits and vegetables are linked to developing not only cancer in humans but also reproductive, developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems?
Strawberries are no longer just seasonal fruits like kumquats or corn on the cob. The dangerous pesticides allow the fruit to extend throughout the “season” and be sold longer. It’s also a lucrative business because more than 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested in CA and there production was estimated to be worth approximately $2,6 billion.
EWG reports that each acre in California is treated with an astonishing 300 pounds of pesticides. More than 60 pounds are conventional chemicals that “may leave post-harvest residues” but most are fumigants—poison gases that can drift into nearby schools and neighborhoods.
This brings us to the list of fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticides, the most contaminated.
Fruits and Vegetables with the cleanest (lowest) amount of pesticides: Also called the, “Clean 15”
It’s recommended, that buying organic foods substantially decreases the amount of pesticide in your foods.
Since 2004,EWG has been releasing The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce every year. Their analysis is based on results of more than 35,200 samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.