Eat Your Fruits and Veggies -Ignore ‘Dirty Dozen’?

USA Today 3/17/21: These 12 fruits and vegetables contain more pesticide residue than others, ‘Dirty Dozen’ study says

An excerpt: “The 2021 “Dirty Dozen,” released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group, ranked pesticide residue levels of fruits and vegetables based on samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…’The most important thing is that everyone should be eating lots of fruits and vegetables…We do recommend you try to reduce your pesticide exposure.'”

From Detroit Free Press: Environmental group adds 3 vegetables to its annual Dirty Dozen list

“USDA’s Pesticide Data Program report finds that 99% of samples tested fell below the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency…Only one in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…Dirty Dozen list creates fear and disparages consumers from buying — organic or not.”

Related article: NY Times, Nicholas Kristof: What are Sperm Telling Us? “Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem.”

My take: It is concerning that many foods have pesticides. However, adequate fruit and vegetables in the diet offers many health advantages and this is probably a greater priority.

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