What is in this article?:
- Twelve reasons to reject EWGâs Dirty Dozen
- Reasons 7 - 12
- Consumers should not rely on the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list when deciding which fruits and vegetables to purchase.
- In fact, recent consumer research has shown that EWG's Dirty Dozen list is actually causing some people to consider dismissing this "eat more" advice from health officials.
Reasons 7 - 12
7. "A person would need to eat "so much" (of the produce on the Dirty Dozen) you can't even imagine." Dr. Marion Nestle, Author and Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University. Chicago Tribune, June 2011.
8. "The methodology used to create the "Dirty Dozen" list does not appear to follow any established scientific procedures. The results from this study strongly suggest that consumer exposures to the ten most common pesticides found on the "Dirty Dozen" commodities are several orders of magnitude below levels required to cause any biological effect." Dr. Carl Winter, Professor of Toxicology, University of California, Davis. Journal of Toxicology Article: Dietary Exposure to Pesticide Residues from Commodities Alleged to Contain the Highest Contamination Levels, 2011.
9. "The amount of pesticide residues that an average person ingests throughout an entire year is even less than the amount of those 'harmful' substances in one cup of coffee. Unfounded fears about the dangers of pesticide residues on fruit and vegetables may stop many consumers from buying these fresh, healthful foods. In response, some stores sell "organic" foods grown without synthetic pesticides, but these foods are much more expensive and out of reach of low-income populations. As a result people - especially those that are poor - may consume fewer fruits and vegetables." Dr. Bruce Ames, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Member, National Academy of Sciences. Recipient, National Medal Of Science.
10. "The 2010 Pesticide Data Program report confirms that food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues." United States Department of Agriculture Press Release, May 2012.
11. "You can reduce and often eliminate residues if they are present on fresh fruits and vegetables by following these simple tips: Wash produce with large amounts of cold or warm tap water, and scrub with a brush when appropriate; do not use soap." Federal Food and Drug Administration.
12. "As long as they're eating proper portions, as long as half of their meal is fruits and vegetables alongside their lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, then we're good. It's as simple as that." First Lady Michelle Obama, ABC News, June 2011.