ENVIRONMENTHEALTHFarm Produce Still Contains Pesticide Residues Despite Washing

Maureen SantosMarch 25, 20193088 min

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that protect our body from diseases and serious illnesses. However, the pesticides that still cling to them even after washing will provide critical health conditions such as cancer.

The EWG is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that enables consumers to live healthier lives in a better environment. Based on the EWG’s research, almost 70% of farm produce in the United States contain pesticide residues despite a water bath.

It evaluates the yearly analysis of the US Department of Agriculture data. Farm produce that contains the most pesticide residue include strawberries, spinach, and kale. Avocados, sweetcorn, and pineapples complete the list with the lowest level of residues.

Over 92% of the tested kale comprised of two or more pesticide residues. A sample of traditionally farmed kale may comprise up to 18 assorted pesticides. Dacthal is the most typical pesticide found in almost 60% of the kale samples. It is banned in the United Kingdom and has been categorized as a potential human carcinogen in the US.

Toxicologist Alexis Temkin said, “We definitely acknowledge and support that everybody should be eating healthy fruits and vegetables as part of their diet regardless of if they’re conventional or organic.”

Even with the increasing body of research, scientists report that it is very hard to figure out how many pesticides people are exposed to. Additionally, it is difficult to say how those chemicals affect the body and in what amount.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized that a vast range of health effects – acute and chronic – is linked to an introduction to some type of pesticide. This, in turn, may affect the nervous system or cause cancer, skin and eye irritation, and endocrine disorders.

The center added that health risks from pesticide exposures are based on its toxicity. It also involves the level of exposure, the period, and route of exposure, with children as the most susceptible victims.

Recently, the EWG released its annual “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean Fifteen” for the year 2019. Strawberries top the list with the most residue of pesticide while kale is the new addition garnering third place after spinach. Avocado is still the winner for the Clean Fifteen fruits and vegetables.

Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Sweet Peas Frozen
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew Melons

The Environmental Protection Agency had recommended guidelines on pesticide usage. Those rules, however, will definitely not avert progressive exposure in one’s diet. The agency is battling a court order to prohibit chlorpyrifos. It is a pesticide linked to the developmental disabilities in children. The federal agency had likewise updated the kinds of exposure it would account when reviewing human health risks.

The best way to reduce or alleviate the risks of pesticide exposures is to buy organic fruits and vegetables. Even better is to grow your own crops to make sure that only organic fertilizers or natural pesticides are being used. This ensures that what you eat is free from cancer-causing chemicals.


Maureen Santos

She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.

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