Strawberries have officially replaced apples as the most pesticide ridden produce.
According to the 2016 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide, nearly all “conventional” strawberry samples 98% tested by federal officials had detectable pesticide residues. In addition to that, 40% of all strawberries had residues of 10 or more pesticides.
Some of the chemicals detected on strawberries are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.
EWG reports that each acre in California is treated with as much as 300 pounds of pesticides. More than 60 pounds are conventional chemicals that “may leave post harvest residues” but most are fumigants.
I have to question how effective cold water washing of fruit and vegetables really is in removing pesticides.
EWG’s 2016 most contaminated fruit / vegetable list
EWG’s least fruit / vegetable contaminated list
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