Considering this worthy and noble mission, why doesn’t EWG abandon its cutesy and alliterated “Dirty Dozen” list, and its equally cutesy rhyme-flowing “Clean 15?” Both marketing ploys are absurd when viewed on their scientific merits, but as revenue generators they pay off in gold!

The dirty list has nothing to do with the objective science of pesticide residues, and has everything to do with raking in the bucks. (On June 13, EWG released its 2011 Shoppers Guide that replaced celery with apples as the top item on its Dirty Dozen list. It should be noted that even a small child could eat hundreds or even thousands of servings of any fruit or vegetable – including apples – without any impact whatsoever from pesticide residues. See for yourself at this website: safefruitsandveggies.com/calculator/.)

Just take a look at EWG’s website to gain some insight into their true motives. They stress it’s very important to them to continue to provide you with their cutting-edge research and easy to use consumer guide. All they need is your help to do it. Give them just $10 today and you will be sent EWG’s exclusive shopping note pad featuring its Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists as a big special thank-you.  Furthermore, click on the link seeking donations: give $10, $25, $50, $100 or however much you can afford to prevent the produce and pesticide industries – and federal agencies – from colluding to poison you and your children.

It appears that EWG sees black helicopters under every bed sheet and wants consumers to join in its paranoid delusions. Just send them money and they vow to fight to keep the demons at bay. Its list isn’t labeled “dirty” for nothing. In their opinion, there’s both a dirty conspiracy between industry and the regulators, right along with the contaminated peaches and plums.

It’s disingenuous and damaging for environmental activist groups to shout fire in a crowded theater when there’s no sign of a flame. It’s a fact that pesticides can be harmful if wrongly used; it’s extremely naïve to believe otherwise. There are associated risks involved and the crop protection industry, growers and government regulators fully realize this and take the appropriate precautions; remember, we all drink from the same well.