New #1 Fruit Tops 2016 "Dirty Dozen" List of EWG's Most Toxic

New #1 Fruit Tops 2016 “Dirty Dozen” List of EWG’s Most Toxic

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The 2016 “Dirty Dozen” List revealed by the EWG is…not apples. For five years running, conventionally grown apples have garnered the dubious award of first place on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. The list is published each year by this reputable industry watchdog which releases consumer safety reports on everything from food to personal care products.

And the Winner of the 2016 “Dirty Dozen” List is…STRAWBERRIES!

The group’s goal is to protect consumers from pesticides and other harmful chemicals in everyday products. This year’s 2016 edition of EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce was recently released and the big surprise was strawberries which topped the Dirty Dozen list for the first time. After extensive testing, the USDA has found that strawberries are most commonly contaminated with pesticides, even after washing before eating.

The EWG reports that, “In 2014, USDA scientists tested 176 batches of strawberries – about 85 percent grown in the U.S., with the rest from Mexico. When we added the 2014 test data to results from tests of 703 batches in 2009, strawberries displaced apples at the top of the Dirty Dozen list of U.S.-marketed produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.”

Not good.

Here’s what you can expect to ingest along with conventionally grown strawberries:

  • Malathion – Sprayed to eradicate mosquitos and other insects, it is toxic to the nervous system and a probable cancer-causing human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Cancer Research.
  • Carbendazim – This fungicide disrupts hormones and damages the male reproductive system.
  • Bifenthrin – Designated as another human carcinogen by California regulators, this powerful insecticide was found on 40% of the study samples and is believed to cause cancer.

Unfortunately, 98% of strawberries tested contained at least one toxic pesticide, some showed residue of more than 10 pesticides and the dirtiest sample tested contained 17 different pesticides.

All in all, the fact is now proven that conventional strawberry growers use over 60 different pesticides in a variety of combinations for their crops.

Whew!

Apples have traditionally topped the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list because of continued mega use of pesticides in orchards. To discover that strawberries have edged out apples for the number one slot is NOT good news.

Even though this is disturbing, common pesticide applications do not violate weak EPA standards regarding produce.

The EWG reports that, “Today the average American eats almost eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year – nearly four times as much as in 1980.”

How to Avoid Contaminated Produce on the 2016 “Dirty Dozen” List

Guess it’s about time we all started eating organic, huh? Buying organic strawberries is a small price to pay to avoid eating pesticide residues and to protect farm workers from exposure to harmful, even life threatening chemicals.

Even better yet, avoid eating the number 1 fruit on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list, fresh strawberries, by growing your own organic produce. With very little effort, you can eat healthy and save money at the same time.

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References:

EWG Food News

12 Most Pesticide Contaminated Fruits And Vegetables

CBS News

  • P Pablo

    While the topic is important – be VERY CAREFUL promoting information produced by the New World Order funded Environmental Working Group (EWG).
    http://www.ewg.org/about-us/funding

    Top EWG funders:
    11th Hour Project
    Civil Society Institute
    Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund
    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    The McKnight Foundation
    Popplestone Foundation
    Park Foundation
    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    Barbra Streisand Foundation
    Turner Foundation
    Wallace Genetic Foundation
    The Walton Family Foundation
    Winslow Foundation

    • Doggiemama5

      never heard of any of those foundations. must not be too bad… i know of the FDA (Feeding death to America), the USDA, the CDC, AFFCO, and many of those. Most all the ones with initials are bought and paid for by Big Pharma and Monsantos. They are out to kill humans. and then you have PETA that is out to kill animals. They have the highest kill rate and also are not shy about saying so. they HATE pitbulls even more and want to rid the breed..even mixed. These are people that ask for donations to save animals. when they clearly dont. I have NEVER heard anything at all bad about EWG so they are the least of my worries. i dotn see them serving me up a plate of glyphosate’s.

  • Doggiemama5

    Great article and I trust the EWG. but we all know unless they are organic, dont buy..especially strawberries or ones with no outer shell like grapes etc.