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  • Those in agriculture are aware that the EWG pounces on opportunities to banish conventional agriculture in favor of organic production through fear-based tactics.

While recently checking out the latest news on the CNN.com website, a video link caught my eye with the title “5 Foods You Should Never Eat.”

After 35 years in agricultural journalism, I figured the video was likely about slamming pesticide use in agriculture.

The CNN interview conducted by the network’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta featured Men’s Health magazine contributing editor David Jack. Dr. Gupta started the interview by saying “food industry experts” had compiled a list of foods which consumers should never eat.

The ‘expert source’ was none other than the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Those in production agriculture are well aware that the EWG pounces on opportunities to banish conventional agriculture in favor of organic production through fear-based tactics.

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Jack of Men’s Health then shared his “5 Foods You Should Never Eat” list which included conventionally-grown strawberries, white chocolate, bean sprouts, canned tomatoes, and swordfish.

Jack said ‘common strawberries’ contain 13 pesticides and consumers should only eat organic strawberries. Conventionally-grown strawberries sit atop the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list for pesticide residue. Jack doesn’t know…Jack…about strawberry food safety.

He also urged consumers to back off their white chocolate candy addiction. He contended white chocolate is over processed which removes beneficial nutrients. Instead, he suggested chocolate bars with dark chocolate to fill the sweet tooth.

On sprouts, Jack suggested heating sprouts prior to consumption to kill possible bacteria, or better yet eat shredded carrots or cabbage instead to fill one’s veggie crunch fix.

The fourth item raised the hair on the back of my neck – canned tomatoes. Shown on the video screen were three cans of tomatoes; two with the brand names clearly shown. The graphic said “canned tomatoes.”

Yet Jack’s verbal message was actually about consuming food only sold in glass containers, not cans, due to an alleged resin in the can.

The point is CNN, or Jack, did not take the labels off the cans if the issue was solely about cans alone. This was misrepresentation.

Since the CNN interview first aired, I’ve love to know if canned tomato sales have sunk, especially for the two tomato companies linked by the can labels.

Here is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Richard Cornett of the Western Plant Health Association says the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list has nothing to do with the objective science of pesticide residues, and everything to do with raking in money.

Cornett says a small child could eat hundreds or even thousands of servings of any fruit or vegetable without any impact whatsoever from pesticide residues. Check out this link.

A survey of toxicologists conducted by George Mason University in 2009, showed that 79 percent of scientists agreed that the EWG and other activist groups overstate risks, according to Cornett.

In contrast, the scientists in the survey rate most government agencies as accurately portraying chemical risks.

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on Aug 23, 2013

Cary apparently you don't know "jack" about chemical risks either.
Having been a consultant into the fruit & vegetable industries, including on a grower level worldwide, the tank-mixes, 2-3 day spray intervals and amount of chemicals on the EPA toxic chemical list, also found on our fruits and vegetables is long, horrific and toxic.
Your "survey" from George Mason was not readily found. When it was found the "scientists" were not delineated as to the companies they worked for nor level of their education. Bachelor's level "scientists?" Master's level scientists? PhD level scientists? And George Mason: home of the Captain's of Industry and the Northern Virginia pharmaceutical/chemical/industrial mecca. Shocking!
The Western Plant Health Association is a shill for the Ag growers and the chemical companies they beg from. Renne says they are there to promote the "environmentally" safe chemicals: Hello Renee: can you tell me how many of those are on the EPA toxic list? HUNDREDS. Whoa. Bet you didn't know that either.
The testing the USDA/FDA/EPA does to insure the safety of our foods: did you know they are not, by law, allowed to just "show up" and take samples? Oh heck no, Farm Bureau would never allow that to happen and "out" their misinformation....no, they have to make an appointment to come and take samples. Only when there is a food poisoning outbreak can an federal agency enter unannounced.
Starting to look alittle like you're not so much in the know there, Cary.
Stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.
Oh and any time you'd like to place a wager on random samples of strawberries having multiple levels of pesticides that exceed the legal limits I'm ready. I even know where I'll start my sampling; Florida. If you're so cock sure of yourself let's make this a nice wager, real money. I'll contact various news medias, I'm sure WFP will want to cover this story.
Come-on Cary: apparently you know its a safe bet; easy money and great publicity for all the above mentioned groups.
Yeah: I didn't think so.

ChemieBabe (not verified)
on Aug 26, 2013

Seriously, I don't think you were ever a "consultant" for fruit or vegetable growers. Your statements show a complete lack of knowledge about the industry and chemical labels. Here in California we do random sampling at the market level, where consumers are buying the produce, to test for illegal residue. The California Department of Pesticide Regulations busted a grower up near Watsonville a few months ago. The farmer had to dump thousands of dollars worth of fruit and pay a huge fine. You also seem to be confused about the food poisoning versus pesticide illness issue. The food poisoning episodes of the last few years involved bacteria like E.coli, not pesticides. You are pretty much another whack job, that makes you part of the problem!

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